Gynostemma pentaphyllum, also called jiaogulan , literally "twisting-vine orchid") is an herbaceous vine of the family Cucurbitaceae (cucumber or gourd family) indigenous to the southern reaches of China, Vietnam, southern Korea and Japan. Jiaogulan is best known as an herbal medicine reputed to have powerful antioxidant and adaptogenic effects purported to increase longevity. Clinical research has indicated a number of therapeutic qualities of Jiaogulan, such as lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, strengthening immunity, and inhibiting cancer growth.
Super rich in antioxidants, it is an adaptogen that enhances weight loss, improves fat metabolism, depresses lipid peroxide and fat sediment in blood vessels strengthen and regulate the immune system, alleviating the problems of high blood pressure, asthma, rheumatism, high cholesterol, obesity, insomnia, gastric ulcer, diabetes, liver diseases, stomatitis, acne, constipation, menstrual cramps.
Rinse tea cup and teapot with hot water. Use about 2 teaspoons for every 500ml of water. Infuse in hot water at 90°c (194°F) to 95°c (203°F) for 2 to 4 minutes for the first and second brewing. Gradually increase steeping time and temperature for subsequent brewing.