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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Jiaogulan (Je-ow-goo-län)?
2. What are Adaptogens?
3. What are Antioxidants?
4. What is Jiaogulan used for?
5. Is Jiaogulan good for you?
6. What's the connection between Ginseng and Jiaogulan?
7. Where does Jiaogulan come from?
8. How is Jiaogulan used?
9. What Scientific Studies have been done on Jiaogulan?
10. Where can you get Jiaogulan?


1. What is Jiaogulan?

Jiaogulan (Je-ow-goo-län) is an herb used to make tea (actually an herbal infusion.) The scientific name is Gynostemma Pentaphyllum and comes from it's vine-like ability to climb and it's 5-leaf form.

Read more in our complete article: What is Jiaogulan?

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2. What are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a special classification of herbs which include Jiaogulan and many others. They have a long history of use and are designated adaptogen only if they do no harm and work only when the body requires.

See more information about adaptogens here.

3. What are Antioxidants?

An Antioxidant is any substance capable of protecting other substances from oxidation.

No two antioxidants are exactly alike. Some are fat-soluble, some are water-soluble, some are soluble in both water and fat. Jiaogulan is one of the later; soluble in both water and fat.

See more information on antioxidants here.

4. What is Jiaogulan used for?

Although Gynostemma Pentaphyllum has a wide range of uses in its native areas of Asia, Jiaogulan has just begun to be studied in the West.

We recommend Jiaogulan as a healthy, organic, herbal beverage and in capsule form.

More human studies will need to be done to prove or disprove all the effects of Jiaogulan on bodily systems.

5. Is Jiaogulan good for you?

Time tested use of Jiaogulan, says that Jiaogulan may be good for most people. More studies will have to be done in the West to prove it's overall effectiveness.

There's lots of Chinese influence throughout Thailand and many people have Chinese ancestry here. The use of Jiaogulan as a tea dates back 100's of years in China. One story says that the Chinese were doing a census and found one province with the most centenarians (people living over hundred years old). When they looked into the differences between the people of that province and others, they found that they lived in fresh mountain air and drank spring water with Jiaogulan infused as a beverage.

6. What's the connection between Ginseng and

Jiaogulan is often referred to as 5-leaf Ginseng or poor mans Ginseng. The most popular Ginseng has 28 Saponins and Jiaogulan has 82!

A Japanese scientist found that one of Jiaogulan's saponin molecules has the same molecular structure as a saponin molecule in Ginseng.

More test will have to be done to see what connection exists between Ginseng and Jiaogulan, if any.

7. Where does Jiaogulan come from?
  Jiaogulan grows as a ground cover in hilly regions of Asia. It likes cool weather and shade. Cultivation began in Chiang Mai, Thailand in the 1990's and what is grown here tends to be sweeter than some samples grown in China.
8. How is Jiaogulan used?

Both the vine and the leaf may be used for tea, however, we use only the whole leaf in all our products.

The vines are ground and put to use in other products like soap, shampoo, creams, baking goods etc.

9. What Scientific Studies have been on with Jiaogulan?

Order from Click HereMichael Blumert and Dr. Jioliu Liu have assembled the best source of information concerning the research of Jiaogulan and its components.

Jiaogulan, The Chinese Immortality Herb - contains analysis of over 10 years of study at leading universities and institutes in China, Japan and the United States. Click here to order at for US$7.95.

10. Where can you get Jiaogulan?
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