for Gynostemma Pentaphyllum ~ Jiaogulan
"The Chinese teachers I've had say that the bitter tasting
Jiaogulan is more medicinally effective than the sweet kind. It
makes sense from a Chinese perspective, as the bitter taste would
help to clear excess heat from the body. But I can also imagine
that that is what Chinese herb distributors would say because they
can't get the sweet kind. Plus the general idea that bitter is better.
What do you know about this? I've also seen just a little bit about
the properties of Jiaogulan from a Chinese perspective, but they
are pretty vague - it's a heat-clearing qi tonic that won't cause
stagnation, like most tonics can. Do you have anything else on it
from a traditional perspective?"
WellSpring Acupuncture and Chinese Herbals
Joshua Lerner M.A. M.T.C.M. L.Ac.
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below exert is from Jiaogulan, The Chinese
Immortality Herb. Michael Blumert and Dr. Jioliu Liu
have assembled the best source of information concerning the research
of Jiaogulan and its components.
Jiaogulan's traditional use has not been widespread
in China. It was used as a folk herb in the local areas where it
grew wild. Jiaogulan grows mostly in the mountainous regions of
southern China, far from the central part of China, an area which
ha long been known as the "ancient domain of China". This
central area of China is where the classical TCM evolved, hence
Jiaogulan's absence from TCM usage.
An experienced TCM practitioner in China has analyzed jiaogulan
and described its qualities in TCM terms as "sweet, slightly
bitter, neutral, warm, enhancing 'Yin' and supporting 'Yang'".
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