Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)


Hailed to be one of China’s “immortality” or “miracle” herbs, gynostemma vine is consumed as a vegetable and herbal tea in Asia to build the body’s resistance to stress and for rejuvenation. Classified as an adaptogen now, gynostemma has been demonstrated to assert beneficial effects on regulating blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, lowering cholesterol levels, and increasing endurance.

Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

  • For centuries, gynostemma has been widely used as a “curing all”
    herb in China. Belonging to the cucumber family, this herb is also
    referred to as "southern ginseng" which is believed to have
    anti-aging or rejuvenation properties.
  • Gynostemma is also cited as a “survival food” during famine in ancient
    literature, and described as the "immortality herb" because it has been discovered that local inhabitants
    in mountain areas of Guizhou and Guangxi Province where gynostemma tea is drunk regularly have a
    history of living to a very old age.
  • Gynostemma is also used as a tonic to treat bronchitis, strengthen the body, reduce fatigue, improve
    sexual vigor, and reinforce overall health.
  • The young, tender vine of gynostemma is cooked as vegetable in garlic sauce, and with its slightly bitter
    taste this herb is cooling (clearing heat) and detoxifying.

Modern Research on Gynostemma (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

  • Gynostemma’s chemical constituents include gypenosides which are closely structurally related to the
    gypenosides from the well-known medicinal plant ginseng.
  • Research has shown Gypenosides are potent immune-modulators that may help maintaining a healthy
    immune system and alleviating stress-related symptoms.
  • Gynostemma has been shown in several studies to increase the production of superoxide dismutase
    (SOD) or glutathione peroxidase, lowering levels of oxidized lipids, decreasing free radical damage and
    proliferation, and inhibit the effects of UV radiation damage.
  • Now popularly known as an adaptogen and antioxidant, gynostemma has been found effective in
    regulating blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and improving endurance.

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Articles about this botanical

Long-term oral administration of Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract attenuates airway inflammation...

These results show that long-term orally administered G. pentaphyllum extract reduced allergic reactions in OVA-sensitized mice.

Antidiabetic effect of Gynostemma pentaphyllum tea in randomly assigned type 2 diabetic patients

This study shows a prompt improvement of glycemia and insulin sensitivity, and thereby provides a basis for a novel, effective, and safe approach, using Gynostemma pentaphyllum tea, to treat type 2 diabetic patients.

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