How Jiaogulan, the Immortality Vine Restored My Health!

One of my 5 most favorite adaptogen herbs.

Jiaogulan, the immortality vine with outstanding benefits for your health.

Taking Jia0gulan  the past 6 months is one of the Adaptogen herbs I take now everyday and helped me to recover from my health crisis. This is why I started this blog. It is so important to me now to share this knowledge with anyone and everyone I can reach.

I took care of my father in law for 3 years full time and at the end 24 hours a day. He passed away on April 26th of this year. After 3 years of care giving, I was physically and mentally one nerve off a nervous and physical breakdown. When he died, my immune system was in the gutter and my nerves had gone AWOL. I could barely function. Writing was out of the question. Working on my research was impossible. I was completely mentally and physically drained. I knew how serious it was. Then I got sick with strep and bronchitis and could not get well from either herbs or antibiotics.  It was serious.

I had primarily used western herbs the past 37 years because this was my training and background as  a master herbalist. Taking herbs has kept me out of the hospital and on track. I have never been in the hospital other than during the birth of my kids. I have some genetic health issues that I have to work with on a daily basis. My regimen of herbs had served me well until this year. At 67, I found my limit….my last straw.

When none of the herbs in my usual regimen were working, I turned to research.  What was I missing? Where was the answer? That led me to Jiaogulan first. I began drinking the tea daily, several times a day. I noticed a big difference in the way I felt and my energy within a month. That led to more research about adaptogen herbs and Ayurvedic medicine. I am now taking classes so eventually I can teach classes. I have been researching and taking Adaptogen and Ayurvedic herbs now for half a year. They are amazing in their ability to turn your health around in a wholistic way. Adaptogen herbs is the reason I am writing again and excited.

I am beginning with this herb because Jiaogulan is one of few  herbs you can easily grow yourself. You don’t have to destroy the root and plant to use it. You don’t need to grow it for years as ginseng before it is ready for harvest. It is also less expensive than ginseng and some of the other herbs. It may be less well known but certainly should be right up in the top 10 adaptogen herbs for health. It is easy to use which helps you in your busy work schedule.

Jiaogulan for longevity.

Jiaogulan for health!

Jiaogulan is a climbing vine in the family of our beloved cucumbers that grows in China and Thailand. It is called Jiaogulan, the immortality vine, “southern ginseng” and its latin name is Gynostemma. It is one of 19 plants in this species.  It is not as well known like ginseng and I hope to be one of the people who gets the word out about this amazing plant you can grow yourself in your garden. It is one of the Adaptogen Herbs that help your overall health.

How can Jiaogulan improve your health? What is in it?

Its amazing benefits were discovered by Dr. Jialiu Liu, M.D. who was sent by the Chinese government to research this herb as a natural sugar substitute. They found that the people who ate this herb on a regular basis had exceptional health and longevity. He brought samples of the herb back to the research lab and the result were exciting.   This was in the 1960’s and he published many research projects that showed its benefits for health. He is considered the father of Gynostemma research and knowledge.

Jiaogulan contains over 100 different saponins, gуреnоѕidе compounds. Consider Ginseng, as well known as it is, only contains 28. Saponins  contained in this herb affect the different body systems by increasing the body’s ability to deal and recover from stress. Adaptogens improve the overall function and effectiveness of all the body systems. They work to help the body normalize its functions and work in a healthy way.

Gynostemma works on the central and peripheral nervous system through the antioxidants it contains. It has the ability to regulate your production of nitric oxide which is involved in hundreds of processes in the body including: communication between nerve cells in the brain and proper functioning of the important neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters, out of balance, will cause you to be angry or depressed clinically. Nitric Oxide is important for memory, learning and recall. Nitrate oxide protects your nerve cells from damage from free radical damage and cell death.

It works on your energy systems, your endocrine systems, and the whole body.

Gynostemma helps support all the brain functions: memory, concentration, learning new subjects, recall, recovery from traumatic brain injury, damage from alcohol, and supports recovery from strokes.  It is really effective in the elderly as well.  It helps stabilize your energy with no caffeine. It works to normalize the different body systems. Again it contains no stimulants or caffeine.

You can take it in a tea or in capsules. I prefer the tea unless I am on the run. I use both in my hectic life.  Here at Greatly Blessed Medicinal Herbs Nursery, I grow the plant myself. I still buy the tea and caps since it is hard to grow enough here in the states other than CA and Florida to use year round. Next year I will be selling the plants and tea products (not from my own plants).

Taking Jiogulan can help with  renewed energy, stamina, proper heart functioning, and overall health. I can give my own testimonial on Jiaogulan. This was my first step into the health adventure of Adaptogen herbs and recovery of my own health.

“During thе 1994, Summer Olуmрiсѕ thе Chinese athletes wеrе winning ѕо mаnу mеdаlѕ thаt the ѕаnсtiоning body оf wоrld ѕроrtѕ decided to test for thе uѕе оf illеgаl anabolic ѕtеrоidѕ. Thе athletes were fоund tо bе frее оf steroids, but it was later rероrtеd thаt thе Chinеѕе coach used Gynostemma to enhance thеir рhуѕiсаl performance.” Gynostemma асtѕ аѕ аn аntiоxidаnt by stimulating our body to synthesize itѕ оwn еndоgеnоuѕ аntiоxidаntѕ, superoxide diѕmutаѕе ( “SOD”) and glutathione.

The next article will give you more directions on how to use it in teas? More about its remarkable benefits!


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