Another “healthy plant” has been making a “career” with us for some years: it’s called Jiaogulan – meaning “winding Rank Orchid”. Native to the mountainous regions of southeastern China. Jiaogulan-Herb Of Immortality
There, people drink tea for stimulation, before and after work, to eliminate fatigue and to support health. This area is home to an above average number of healthy people over 100 years old.
Also in Japan this plant is appreciated as a tea and vegetable plant. There it is called Amachazuru, which means “herb of immortality”.
Jiaogulan is a true adaptogen that adapts to the needs of each individual. It stimulates a “too little” and dampens a “too much”. Jiaogulan has no side effects.
Although Jiaogulan botanically belongs to a very different plant family (the pumpkin family) as the ginseng, it contains the same ingredients. These saponins are called gypenosides. And there are about three times as many saponins in it as in ginseng.
They are responsible for the beneficial effects. These saponins are used in the body among other things in the hormone synthesis. And here they are needed especially in the female body.
Unlike ginseng, every Jiaogulan can pull himself in the flower pot or in the garden. The plant forms small tender tendrils that cling to sticks, or it also crawls along the ground. It grows very fast, sometimes even a few inches overnight. She is hardy – even with us.
In the fall, the plant picks up its leaves and drives out of its rootstock again next spring. It can also hibernate in the greenhouse or in the living room – then it grows all year round. Cuttings make it relatively easy to multiply.
How do you apply Jiaogulan?
You can simply pick the leaves and chew them with relish. The taste is similar to the ginseng root: a mixture of sweet and bitter and a bit of licorice.
Every person perceives this taste differently, depending on whether he / she needs the bitter or the sweet effect. Even salads can be enriched with the fresh leaves to this special flavor. Or you put the fresh leaves directly on a buttered bread.
A tea tastes very fine. Put one liter of boiling water in a teapot, let it cool for one minute and then add a little fresh or dried leaves.
Let it rest for about 3 minutes. In summer, you can drink the tea well chilled, in winter, add a slice of fresh ginger. Some freshly plowed nettle leaves intensify this taste.
You will notice how good this tea gets and how much soothing and balancing it works
- improves heart function and increases endurance performance – for example, in athletes
- regulates blood pressure
- lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
- prevents arteriosclerosis and stroke because it prevents clumping of platelets
- strengthens the immune system, activates the lymphocytes
- supports the liver
- helps with diabetes
- has an antioxidant effect and protects the body cells from free radicals
- makes you “stressful” and calms your nerves
- behaves the health
And Here The “Scientific” Background:
The Jiaogulan researchers at the Japanese Ehime University, the Medical Schools in Guiyang and Hengyang, the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Shanghai and the Loma Linda University in California certify the rainforest plant: Jiaogulan improves the nutrient supply of all internal organs and the cardiac output and thus, in general, the blood circulation.
It positively affects the hormonal system and regulates the central nervous system. Especially in stress situations, the plant can harmonize derailment of the organism and sexual disorders again.
It also protects the liver and regulates cholesterol and fat metabolism. Particularly important is their antioxidant effect, which protects the cells from premature aging.
In doing so, Jiaogulan stimulates the release of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a very powerful body-own antioxidant, whose production decreases the older you get. Several studies, published in the prestigious Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, show that Jiaogulan prevents strokes, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and many other diseases, and can reduce the number of cancer-causing agents in the body.
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