The Gynostemma is a plant of Asian origin that can also be grown in our country. In traditional Chinese medicine the leaves are considered a powerful adaptogen like ginseng, so much so that the plant is also called "Southern Ginseng".
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All the plants of Gynostemma pentaphyllum , sold by me, are grown in the open air, in a shady environment (the plant does not love much sun). The plants are rigorously cultivated biologically, without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a perennial herb with a climbing habit, which is part of the same family as cucumbers and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae). It grows spontaneously in the south-east of China, on Mount Fanjing, in a cool-humid climate, but is easily cultivable even in our country.
The innumerable beneficial properties of this plant were known since ancient times and was used in the days of the Ming dynasty (1300 BC). In ancient Chinese medical texts it is referred to as a miraculous plant or "the herb of immortality" or eternal life. It has several vulgar names, the most common is Jiaogulan, but it is also referred to as Makino, Xiancao, which means "immortal herb", or "Southern Ginseng" for its chemical composition similar to ginseng but with very different properties. In Italy it is also known under the name of Ginpent .
This plant has many medicinal properties, which make it useful for a very high number of disorders.
Active ingredients : it is described in various texts as one of the most valid adaptogens, with anti-aging effects and increased physical strength (vitality). As evidenced by the pharmacological studies conducted on the raw extracts of Gynostemma. The ability to stimulate the immune system is due to the numerous triterpenic saponins, to the different flavonoids and gypenosides that counts in its phytocomplex.
Other Gynostemma properties
leaves are used for this plant.
Gynostemma leaves can be eaten fresh, alone or mixed in salads. Or they can be used as an infusion, both as fresh and dried leaves.
How to make Gynostemma tea : take 8-9 fresh leaves (or a teaspoon of dried leaf powder) for a cup of water boiling. It is left to infuse for about 10 minutes and then filtered and drunk.
Although the Gynostemma is considered among the safest herbal supplements, there are some possible side effects that you should be aware of. Gynostemma should not be taken by pregnant women and people taking anticoagulants or with coagulation disorders.
Here are some tips for growing and growing the Gynostemma pentaphyllum plant. Even if it comes from the East, it is a very simple plant to keep, even for those who do not have a green thumb.
The soil should be rich in organic matter, dissolved and well draining.
The ideal environment for the growth of this plant is mountain, fresh and above all wet. Therefore, if you try to cultivate it, it is best not to keep it in full sun, on the contrary guaranteeing it a totally shady position.
Especially in hot and dry periods the Gynostemma plant needs daily irrigation. For perfect growth the soil should always be a little wet.
It tolerates periods of intense cold, while it can suffer in hot and dry periods, especially if kept in full sun and if it is not watered every day.
For more information on Gynostemma, I recommend watching this video interview with Joe Hollis, an American botanist who is expert in the cultivation and use of medicinal plants and in particular of making herbs part of ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine.