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Jiaogulan "China's Immortality Herb"





Traditional use
Jiaogulan grows well in many Asian countries, there seems to be no early historical evidence exists elsewhere in China. The first information on Jiaogulan back to the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), when Zhu Xiao first described the facility and presented a sketch of it in the book Materia Medica of the famine in 1406 AD. But he acknowledged that as a wild-crafted for use as food or dietary supplements during the famine, rather than as a drug herb.1 Later, around 1578 AD, the famous herbalist, Li Shi Zhen-also described in detail and with Jiaogulan a sketch in his classic book Compendium of Materia Medica. He stressed that this plant can be used to treat hematuria, edema and pain in the throat, warmth and swelling of the neck, tumors and trauma. It was the first record of Jiaogulan like a drug, even then, it was confused with a similar Wulianmei.2 grass, but in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912 AD
), Wu Qi-Jun-text book in its review of herbal plants, said that the description and design of the book by Xiao Zhu and added more to its medicinal use. He also clearly separated from Jiaogulan Jiaogulan Joint Wulianmei.3 traditional use is not widespread in China. It 'been used as folk herbs local areas where it grew wild. Jiaogulan grows mainly in mountainous regions of southern China, with the central part of China, a region that has long been known as "the old rule of China." This is a key area of ​​China where the classical system, which we call a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) developed. For this reason, Jiaogulan is not included in the TCM pharmacopoeia standard system and, therefore, was not the widespread use of TCM herbs. However, an experienced TCM doctor in China were analyzed Jiaogulan and describe its characteristics in relation to traditional Chinese medicine, as "sweet, slightly bitter, neutral, warm, enhancing 'Yin' and supporting the" Yang ", and suggested that "you can add resistance to infection and anti-infection. "

Modern Discovery

Jiaogulan has been used in humans in the mountainous regions of southern China as a refreshing agent. They would not do that before working to increase strength and endurance, and after work to relieve fatigue. In addition, a general health and is recognized as a refreshing elixir. People also use it to treat colds and other infectious diseases. Thus, the local Chinese called Jiaogulan, xiancao "Immortality Herb" and describes it thus: "Like ginseng but better than ginseng." Another story says that the village close to the Fanjing Mountain in Guizhou province, residents would drink Jiaogulan tea instead of the more common green tea and its result, many people have lived there for 100 years. In 1972, the research team combined traditional Chinese medicine in the western part of Yunnan Province, Qu Jing did a study on the therapeutic effects of Jiaogulan in 537 chronic tracheo-bronchitis.


Background

In 1976, a JaBenefitpanese researcher, looking for an alternative to sugar, has studied the perennial herb known for its sweetness. He found the herb ginseng has many similar characteristics, even if not connected to the system. Jiaogulan This event sparked years of scientific research, praised China xiancao, herb of immortality proves to be a powerful antioxidant and adaptogenic plant's many healthful properties.



Benefits

Cholesterol      Blood Pressure     Digestion

Strength and Endurance      Immunity      Adaptogenic Properties
Antioxidant Properties     Gypenosides-The Active Ingredients

Cholesterol
Scientific studies have confirmed the ability of Jiaogulan to help regulate cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol that helps metabolize cholesterol in the arteries).

Blood Pressure
Jiaogulan has been widely reported to be effective in maintaining a healthy level of blood pressure. Although the exact mechanism is still under investigation, studies have shown that Jiaogulan improves metabolism of the heart and direct 2 increases the release of nitric oxide in the body that helps relax blood coronary vessels.

Digestive
Although Jiaogulan is fantastic for controlling cholesterol, but also contributes to a weight loss program good for improving and strengthening digestion. At the same time it allows a person to underweight by helping the absorption of nutrients. This regulatory effect on bodily functions is the hallmark of a Adaptogen.

Strength and endurance
The study results confirm that the man can improve the contractility of cardiac muscle Jiaogulan and pump function of the heart. Other studies have shown that saponins increase strength and endurance jiaogulan in the body. Given these findings are generally jiaogulan grass ideal for anyone who wants to improve its competitiveness in all areas of athletic performance.

Immunity
Jiaogulan has also demonstrated its ability to support the immune system when under siege of various destructive agents.6, 7 Jiaogulan has also shown efficacy in clinical research studies as a potent immunomodulator. Increases the production of lymphocytes, phagocytes, and serum IGG.

Adaptogenic properties
Jiaogulan has a biphasic effect on brain function, invigorating or relaxing the system when necessary, and regulation of hormonal functions in men and women. The good health of these physiological actions plays an important role in the body's ability to meet stress.



Antioxidant

The results of numerous scientific studies show that the quality of Jiaogulan powerful antioxidant protection against free radicals.


Gypenosides-active ingredients
Jiaogulan contains a large amount of saponins known as gypenosides. gypenosides structure is very similar to panaxosides (also known as ginsenosides) found in ginseng. There are 4.3 times more saponins many Jiaogulan is in the ginseng. Some of those saponins are identical to those panaxosides in ginseng and some of them panaxosides when taken into the body. This higher number of gypenosides may explain a stronger effect of the regulation of various body systems, such as blood pressure, reproductive system, digestive system, immune system, mental functions, and more.

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