Jiaogulan is known for its anti-aging, energy-boosting, antioxidant and adaptogen health benefits.*
There are many questions that come up about Jiaogulan:
- How long has it been in the U.S.? How does Asia use this herb?
- Which is the best form for bio-availablity? (Tonic, capsules, tea?) And which is most cost effective short term and long term?
- Jiaogulan is referrenced as a cell adaptagen and antioxidant, but what is a simple explaination of a cell adaptogen, and what are antioxidants (and how do these two actions help our body)?
These are the questions I’m attempting to answer in this posting, and if you have a true interest in the healing properties of Jiaogulan, I suggest you go to the Jiaogulan Webpage I’ve dedicated to this amazing tea for all the tests, details, and even medical results. It’s quite something! Remember the premise of our body is to ingest food and water, and that in Asia, the traditional form of medicine is herbal and the alternative form is our traditional – interesting to say the least.
*WHAT IS A CELL ADAPTOGEN?
Adaptogens are natural substances that help the body to overcome particular stresses put on it by stimulating the body’s own self-regeneration process. They are plant substances that regulate body processes and improve overall health by supporting the body’s systems particularly the immune system.
*WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT?
Best description I’ve heard is that “by the very nature of the word, “antioxidant” = “anti-acidity”. Therefore, it makes sense that anti-oxidants inhibit oxidation.
Jiaogulan, (pronounced jee-oW-goo-lan), which has its’ roots in 13th century Chinese manuscripts, has a listing in the Holistic texts as the Herb of Immortality.
The history is that in the latter half of the 20th century, China found a sector of the population naturally aging to well over 100 years old, and one common element was the regular intake of the herb/tea Jiaogulan.
How long has Jiaogulan been in the U.S.?
It’s worthy to note that Jiaogulan found its way to the United States several years ago, contrary to what you may read, and you can find it at any progressive (or in this case regressive – LOL) natural health practioner or store. We’ve been carrying at YourNatureStore.com for quite some time and it warners a good audience, those that order do re-order, and that’s the “results” driven nature of Jiaogulan tea/capsules.
You will also find Jiaogulan in a variety of forms and price tags for a months supply ranging from approximately $16 to $135, true. For example the most expensive, interestingly enough is as a tonic with other juices or superberries. The least expensive is in its natural state as a herb/tea, or dehydrated in capsules. Jiaogulan tea leaves are dried and become tiny rolled tea leaves which unravel as you place them atop of water you’ve boiled.
Jiaogulan tea is my preference, it’s organic, originating in China, or the Chinese Jiaogulan plant however grown organically above ground in Thailand.
At the end of the day YOU decide which way you’d like to ingest Jiaogulan, but one thing to keep in mind is that Jiaogulan is an amazing herb, it’s a cell adaptagen, an antioxidant, and a total wellness plant. Known for its’ amazing healing properties in Asia, it’s also common to find it in Asian hospitals in a concentrated form for medicinal use, attending to weakened bodies.
One thing I keep in mind as a dedicated pHBodyBalance advocate, is that plants store their toxins in the stems and the roots, therefore the leaves will be much sweeter tasting, and the stems and roots much more bitter.
Below are more clearly defined options of how you can purchase Jiaogulan in the U.S. today.
(By the way, I find this tea very strengthening and useful when there is a need for additional nutrition, immunity, or physical strength):
1) Jiaogulan Chinese Tea Leaves (organic of Chinese origin, is available), ingested since the 16th century, and listed in holistic texts as such throughout Asia, and used medicinally. 100grams of Organic Jiaogulan tea leaves, Chinese origin, grown organically in Thailand above ground, is $24.95 . (Recommended cups of tea vary according to condition, 1 package of this tea lasts our family approximately 2 months)
2) I am aware of a Jiaogulan Tonic, but have not yet seen how much Jiaogulan is actually used in the tonic, or which parts of the plant itself. With many ingredients including juices/supernutrients, there are no stated milligrams or potency levels of jiaogulan or other ingredients. It is not stated as “organic”, and sugars are 5 grams per ounce. Described as being Chinese origin and offered at different pricepoints, best price $134.95 for 100 oz (4 bottles 25 oz each).
3) Jiaogulan Capsules (vegetable capsule), comprised of dehydrated Jiaoglantea leaves in capsule form. Stated as 7.5-7.7% active ingredient, or 75 mg of Jiaogulan, and 1000 mg of Jiaogulan Leaf. Chinese origin, pricepoint approx $16 for 100 capsules, 2 capsules per serving.
Since Jiaogulan’s rediscovery in the 1970’s, scientists in China, Japan, Germany and the USA have conducted over 300 studies into the medicinal properties of Jiaogulan. Most of the test and research results are compiled in a book by American researcher Michael Blumert and Dr. Jialiu Liu from the Guiyang Medical College in China. The book is “Jiaogulan: China’s Immortality Herb” – noted below.
The story of the book: Author (health related books and articles), Michael Blumert was very interested in the over 300 tests he uncovered about jiaogulan and traveled to China to visit one of the test results researchers, Dr. Jialiu Liu. Together they condensed the test results and produced a fascinating book called “Jiaogulan Book”(click and book opens in new window on your computer), on this anti-aging herb/tea, you can find it at Amazon for less than $10, and well worth the price.
In summary, Organic Jiaogulan is a treat and many feel a blessing of wellness. While it’s not a usual remedy for many symptoms, chronic symptoms, and dis-ease, it certainly is widely used in Asia.
If you are interested in learning more, please visit YourNatureStore.com and read our Jiaogulan story, test results, and more.