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Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) (pronounced “jow goo lan”) is native to the remote mountainous regions of S.W. China, an area well known for the longevity and vitality of its inhabitants, and in the mountains of Thailand, Japan, Korea, and elsewhere in Asia. Jiaogulan was “uncovered” when China conducted its first national census in the 1970’s. Many of the residents in the region where jiaogulan grows naturally and is used daily to provide energy and relieve fatigue, were reported to live extraordinarily long lives. The residents attributed their longevity and vitality to their daily use of jiaogulan which they call “xiancao” or “Herb of Immortality.” This captured the attention of Chinese government officials and the Chinese Academy of Medical Science and spurred extensive research that has continued up to the present day. This research has demonstrated a wide variety of impressive benefits without any toxic or negative side effects. These abundant studies follow modern scientific research methodology.
The research by Dr. Nagai captured the attention of Dr. Tsunematsu Takemoto, a specialist in herbal medicine who was in the process of studying a Chinese melon which is in the same family as jiaogulan. Dr. Takemoto focused his studies on jiaogulan for ten years. His research team discovered 82 chemical compounds (sapogin gypenosides). Over the following ten years the properties of these compounds were subject to intense scientific investigation and extensive clinical studies on their effects. Jiaogulan became popular in Japan until the company producing it began to substitute mulberry leaves and the Japanese ceased buying it. Today jiaogulan is resurfacing in Japan in its pure and more effective form of freeze dried capsules and the Japanese people are enjoying its amazing results.
Jiaogulan is just now beginning to be “discovered” by the Western world and recognized for its extraordinary health supporting properties. Jiaogulan has been extensively studied in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Czechoslovakia and the U.S.A.
Energy: The effects of jiaogulan are often noticeable within a week. People quickly feel the difference in increased energy, stamina, sounder sleep patterns , mental alertness, and heightened perception and physical performance.
During the 1994, Summer Olympics the Chinese athletes were winning so many medals that the sanctioning body of world sports decided to test for the use of illegal metabolic steroids. The athletes were found to be free of steroids, but it was later reported that the Chinese Coach used jiaogulan to enhance their physical performance.
People (young and old, male and female) with overactive schedules can greatly benefit from enhanced energy, vitality and mental awareness. Athletes (both amateur and professional) notice an almost immediate increase in their stamina and endurance. Senior citizens and others who have lost stamina and strength may notice a boost in their energy levels . This energy boost is quite different from a sugar or adrenaline rush. The boost from jiaogulan is a natural increase in energy without the rush. You feel calm but quickly notice that you have more endurance and vitality without any side effects. These initial results, important as they are, are only a partial view of what jiaogulan is really doing.
Balance: The sapogins gypenosides in jiaogulan have a regulatory effect on a wide spectrum of our biological systems including blood pressure, blood sugar levels, immune system, reproductive system, central nervous system, immune system and endocrine system.
Jiaogulan increases the body’s natural abilities to respond to a wide spectrum of internal and external stress. Stress related health problems such as hypertension, anxiety, headaches, abnormal sleep patterns etc. may respond to jiaogulan. Stress has a great many other deeper and more serious implications such as over production of cortisol and other imbalances in many of our physiological systems.
Antioxidant: Jiaogulan acts as an antioxidant by stimulating our body to synthesize its own endogenous antioxidants, superoxide dismutase ( “SOD”) and gluthathione. These are part of our natural defense system that controls free radical oxidative damage. When free radicals are produced in excessive quantities in response to unnatural levels of stress (both external and internal) we need to boost our level of antioxidants as well. As we grow older our natural ability to produce endogenous antioxidants decreases. Free radical oxidative damage results in cellular disintegration and dysfunction that can damage specific organs and disturb the equilibrium between various organs. This can result in a broad range of health problems and accelerate the aging process. Jiaogulan’s ability to induce natural self-healing is typified by its ability to induce synthesis of our own endogenous antioxidants.
Adaptogen: Jiaogulan is one of the most powerful and effective adaptogens on the planet. Adaptogens are the precious gems of botanical healing and health. Their ancient history is filled with amazing claims of healing abilities. There is now an abundance of scientific research and clinical studies taking place around the word that is verifying their extraordinary results.
Jiaogulan, like other adaptogens, functions bi-directionally. Depending on the condition of your body it can either raise or lower a given condition until it meets normal parameters. If your blood pressure is too high, it will assist to lower the level. If your blood pressure is too low, it raises it. If you are hyperactive jiaogulan calms your nerves, but if you are lethargic it may provide energy. This normalizing capacity also appears in blood sugar levels, cholesterol, etc. Jiaogulan responds to the needs of our body and initiates effective action to bring the body into balance.
Jiaogulan is also “multi-directional.” Most herbs and almost all medicines aim at one specific problem to achieve one specific result. These are uni-directional. In contrast jiaogulan works through various metabolic pathways to establish a balanced physiology and holistic health. Jiaogulan acts to regulate various biological systems to induce a natural state of functional balance between all systems of our body (homeostasis). This balance is the pre-condition for self-healing, vitality and long life. The Asian concept of the “Wisdom of Equilibrium” proposes that when we are in proper balance, the body is capable to take excellent care of itself.
The most recognized adaptogenic pathways include jiaogulan’s capacity to improve cardiac output to optimize the oxygen and nutrients carried to all our internal organs. A second adaptogenic metabolic pathway taken by jiaogulan adjusts the balance of our central nervous system and balance of glandular processes. This neuro-endocrine regulation normalizes a broad spectrum of physiological, mental and emotional responses essential to induce and sustain good health. When we improve cardiac function and neuro-endocrine regulation we create a more balanced physiology that has a normalizing effect on our entire biophysical condition.
Summary: Thai Freeze Dry works closely with Hill Tribe and other indigenous farming communities in N. Thailand to promote organic jiaogulan cultivation and encourage the use of traditional agricultural practices that mirror the herb as it grows naturally (wild crafted). In addition we send our farmers into the mountains to find jiaogulan growing naturally in the wild (ethically wild harvested). In all cases our jiaogulan is free from any synthetic chemicals that might result from the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The availability of fully mature, farm fresh jiaogulan that is freeze dried to preserve its benefits provides you with the highest quality and most effective jiaogulan product available anywhere. There are no synthetic additives or chemicals of any kind used in the freeze dry process. Our jiaogulan capsules are approved by the Thai F.D.A. and are manufactured under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certification.
Jiaogulan does not work on one specific part of the body or another. It does not focus on only one health problem. It doesn’t work in the same way or produce the same benefits for different people. It works on what’s given and different for each person to help bring that person into balance. .
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As a result of cleansing, detoxifying and normalizing processes you may experience mild discomfort such as slight nausea or increased bowel movements. If you experience any reaction stop using this product and consult your physician.
Jiaogulan is not recommended for patients who take drugs such as Azathioprine (Imuran), Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), Prograf, Zenapak, Rapumune or any prescription drugs to regulate heart conditions. It should be avoided by pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Please share this information with your healthcare provider and be sure to speak with your doctor about all prescription and non-prescription medicines before you begin to use any herbal product.