Gynostemma, also called jiaogulan, is a herbaceous climbing vine which grows wild in Southern China. It is used as an herbal tea to stimulate the immune system, to strengthen memory, to fight tiredness, to improve the function of the liver and digestion, as well as for many other disorders and diseases.
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Gynostemma pentaphyllum, also called jiaogulan, is a perennial herb with a climbing habit, of the family Cucurbitaceae.
It grows spontaneously in south-east China, on Mount Fanjing, in a cool-humid climate. In China, the innumerable beneficial properties of this plant were already known at the time of the Ming dynasty (1300 BC), indeed, in ancient Chinese medical texts it is referred as "the grass of immortality" or eternal life.
Even nowadays, in traditional Chinese medicine, where medical herbs are commonly used, the Gynostemma herbal tea is used to stimulate the immune system, to strengthen the memory, to fight tiredness, to improve the functionality of the liver and digestion, as well as for many other disorders and diseases.
Infusion. Pour a teaspoon of dried Gynostemma leaves in a cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, then filter and drink immediately hot, or later cold.
Drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool and dry place.