ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Alternative & Natural Medicine

Jiaogulan Tea - Health Benefits and Uses

Updated on December 14, 2016
quotations profile image

Robert writes articles about emerging medical discoveries with a focus on the health benefits of natural remedies and ingredients.

Jiaogulan Tea
Jiaogulan Tea

Jiaogulan tea is a tea made a herb, which is popular in traditional Chinese medicine. According to some emerging science, jiaogulan may have many health benefits including helping to treat cancer and other chronic diseases.

What is Jiaogulan Tea?

This article provides information about Jiaogulan Tea and its health benefits.

Many people like to drink tea, but most of us play it safe: we drink the regular black or green teas that you can buy at your local supermarket. If you want to expand your tea horizons I recommend going to an ethnic Chinese food store and exploring their tea section. You will find a new world of teas made from all kinds of herbs and plants that you have never heard of. In many cases, these teas are reported to have health benefits according to traditional Chinese medicine, as well emerging scientific research.

Jiaogulan tea can be found in many Chinese food stores and sells for very little. A box of 40 bags will usually cost less than 5 dollars. You can buy it even cheaper in bulk or as loose tea.

Jiaogulan tea is made from the leaves of the Jiaogulan plant. This is the Westernized spelling of the common Chinese name for the plant and means "twisting vine orchid." As implied by its name, Jiaogulan is a climbing plant that attaches itself to trees and walls. In scientific literature, Jiaogulan is referred to as Gynostemma pentaphyllum

Jiagulan Grows In A Thick Lush Carpet of Beautiful Green Leaves
Jiagulan Grows In A Thick Lush Carpet of Beautiful Green Leaves

Health Benefits of Jiaogulan Tea

Jiaogulan has a long history of being used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a number of ailments including edema, trauma and cancers. Among the Chinese, the plant is nicknamed the "immortality herb" because people who drink jiaogulan tea regularly are said to live unusually long lives.

Although drinking jiaogulan tea will obviously not make you immortal, scientific reasearch confirms that there is something special about jiaogulan. Analysis of its chemical composition shows that jiaogulan is rich in substances called saponins, which are closely related to ginsenosides, the substances which give ginseng its amazing qualities. The effects of jiaogulan on the human body are said to be similar to that of ginseng.

In particular scientific studies have shown that jiaogulan has many health benefits including acting as a powerful antioxidant, immune system enhancer, and cancer fighter. Emerging research also suggests that jiaogulan may help regulate the metabolism and lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

Most of the research has been conducted by Chinese scientists and is not easily available to Westerners. However many Chinese studies on Jiaogulan have appeared in international peer reviewed scientific journals. Here are some interesting findings:

  • A study conducted at the University of Taiwan found that saponins from the Jiaogulan plant inhibited the growth of protstate cancer: J Agric Food Chem. 2011 Oct 26;59(20):11319-29. Epub 2011 Sep 26.
  • A study from Thailand found that jiaogulan was active against fungal and bacterial infections:Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health. 2011 May;42(3):704-10.
  • A recently published Chinese study reported that jiaogulan suppressed murine leukemia cells: Zhong Yao Cai. 2010 Oct;33(10):1588-92.
  • Another study from Taiwan showed that Jiaogulan inhibits liver cancer: J Med Food.2010 Dec;13(6):1431-42. Epub 2010 Oct 14.

In all, as of October 2011, there were over 160 scientific studies appearing in various respected peer reviewed journals.


So what are the health benefits of jiaogulan tea? According traditional folk knowledge and preliminary scientific research, drinking jiaogulan tea may:

  • help you live longer (that is if jiaogulan lives up to its nickname as the "immortality herb")
  • fight certain types of infections
  • fight certain types of cancer

There have not been any studies on humans and most of the claims about jiaogulan tea's medicinal properties comes from anecdotal evidence or very preliminary studies using animals as guinea pigs. This article is for information only and is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition or disease. Always consult your health care professional.


Jiaogulan - The Immortality Herb

How to Make Jiaogulan Tea

Making jiagogulan tea is easy, and no different than making ordinary tea. Simply place a tea bag in a cup and pour hot water over it. Then drink and enjoy after steeping for about 5 minutes.

More Teas to Try:

If you want to explore the wonderful world of teas, here are some more you may want to try:

  • Buckwheat Tea - a great tasting tea that is reported to have many health giving properties including helping you lose weight.
  • Chaga Tea - a cure all used in traditional Russian medicine. It is made from the chaga mushroom found growing on birch trees of the northern forests of Russia, Canada, and the United States.

What Does it Taste Like?

Whenever a herb or tea is promoted as medicinal, it probably won't win any awards for taste. This is somewhat true of jiaogulan tea: it tastes okay, but no one would drink it if it did not have a reputation as a health tonic or traditional medicine. It has a slightly bitter flavor, which may be stronger depending on how much tea you use or how long you let the tea leaves steep. But it does not taste or smell bad, but of course that is a subjective assessment. You will need to try it for yourself to determine if it is worth drinking.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • quotations profile image
      Author

      Robert P 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the feedback LouLaBall - none of the studies that I read indicated that there were any side effects. The good thing about jiaogulan tea is that it is in wide use as a beverage so I think that if there were any significant side effects they would have come to light a long time ago.

      If personal experience counts, I have drunk this tea quite a few times and I have not noticed any unpleasant side effects.

      I will definitely do more hubs about Chinese medicine, as I try out different teas and herbs.

    • LouLa Ball profile image

      LouLa Ball 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Great hub! I have heard of the healing powers of chinese remedies but have never tried any. Thanks for this very informative hub. Good job and keep up the work. I would like to see more hubs about other chinese remedies. I only have one question though. What if any are the side affects that may occur?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)