July 27, 2016

Jiaogulan

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What other names is Jiaogulan known by?

Adaptogen, Adaptogène, Amachazuru, Dungkulcha, Fairy Herb, Ginseng du Sud, Gynostemma, Gynostemma pedatum, Gynostemma pentaphyllum, Herbe de l'Immortalité, Immortality Herb, Jiao Chu Lan, Jiao Gu Lan, Miracle Grass, Penta Tea, Plante de l'Immortalité, Southern Ginseng, Thé de l'Immortalité, Vitis pentaphylla, Xian Cao, Xianxao.

What is Jiaogulan?

Jiaogulan is a plant that grows wild in China. The leaf is used to make medicine. Jiaogulan is sometimes referred to as "Southern Ginseng" because it grows in south central China and is used in similar ways as ginseng.

Jiaogulan is used for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and improving heart function. It is also used for strengthening the immune system, increasing stamina and endurance, increasing resistance to environmental stress (as an "adaptogen"), improving memory, and preventing hair loss.

Other uses include treatment of poor appetite, cough, chronic bronchitis, ongoing stomach pain (chronic gastritis), pain and swelling (inflammation), ulcers, constipation, stress, gallstones, obesity, cancer, diabetes, trouble sleeping (insomnia), backache, and pain.

Some people use jiaogulan as an anti-aging agent, antioxidant, and detoxifying agent.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Reducing cholesterol levels. There is some evidence that taking jiaogulan can decrease total cholesterol and increase the "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL)/total cholesterol ratio in people with high cholesterol levels.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Liver disease (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease). Early research suggests that taking jiaogulan three times daily by mouth for 4 months does not improve markers of liver function, body mass index, cholesterol levels, kidney function, or blood sugar in people with a type of liver disease called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Regulating blood pressure.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Stomach disorders.
  • Ulcers.
  • Constipation.
  • Gallstones.
  • Obesity.
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Backache.
  • Pain.
  • Improving memory.
  • Improving heart function.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jiaogulan for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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