***This listing is for 1oz of dried leaf***
Country of origin: China
Jiaogulan, or Gynostemma pentaphyllum, is a plant that's traditional use was often related to ginseng. In some region's it was even known as "southern ginseng." Interestingly, it contains many of the same active compounds found in ginseng. It shares many of the same benefits, though jiaogulan is known for being more targeted toward balancing insulin regulation and mitochondrial function.
Jiaogulan contains ginsenosides, gypenosides, saponins, sterols, flavonoids, polysaccharides, and many trace nutrients and amino acids. The two primary active compound classes are the ginsenosides and gypenosides, many of which overlap with the constituents of ginseng.
When used in tea, a dose of jiagulan seems to be between 1-3 tsp. As with any herb start with a small amount and work your way up.
Caution: Jiaogulan has been shown to potentially reduce blood sugar. Because of this it may react negatively with some blood sugar related issues, like certain subsets diabetes. If you have diabetes or another similar condition, please do your own research and use caution if consuming this herb.