Jiaogulan. Tea with a medicinal effect

In itself, the medicinal effect of a type of tea is not even special news, because everyone who likes to drink tea or is involved in a healthy diet knows that there are many types of tea with special properties. Jiaogulan tea is not a new type but a relatively unknown type that is so far only available via the internet. But…well worth it. Actually, Jiaogulan or, also called by the locals: Xiancao, is a very simple climbing plant from the cucumber family. Who would have thought that this plant would have so much medicinal power? Well, in China they have known that for a long time because in Dutch Xiancao means: herb of immortality. That is promising!

A little piece of history

The botanical name of Jiaogulan is: Gynostemma Pentaphyllum, which means: Small winding plant. And that’s exactly what it is. Jiaogulan is pronounced ‘Jow-Goo-lan’ by us and it originally grows in China and Japan. It was picked and used by the locals in the distant past as a healing agent. At that time people simply picked the leaves and put them in the mouth to chew and it was already known in the year 1406 as a food against famine. But we now know that it can also be used to make tea and that it is a proven fact that Jiaogulan tea has a medicinal effect on our health.
It was in 1578 that the herbalist Li Shi Zhen discovered that the leaves of Jiaogulan could do much more for health than just a remedy against hunger. He described his findings in his book: ‘Compendium of Materia Medica’ in which he stated that Jiaogulan leaves could be used to combat ailments such as sore throat, tumors, bleeding, trauma and edema. Real scientific research into the plant was done in 1972 and it was so promising that many more studies would follow and Jiaogulan would eventually even be used in hospitals.

Jiaogulan tea contains the following substances:

  • Flavonoids
  • Polysaccharides
  • Saponins
  • Amino acids
  • Vitamins, minerals and trace elements


What is claimed about the effects of Jiaogulan tea?

  • Jiaogulan tea regulates blood pressure. It would increase low blood pressure and vice versa.
  • It regulates the pumping action of the heart, which improves blood circulation in the body.
  • It lowers the LDL cholesterol in the blood, and that is the ‘bad’ cholesterol level, which reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • It strengthens the immune system
  • Lowers sugars and fats in the blood, so less risk of diabetes.
  • It seems to work very well in people who have undergone or are yet to undergo chemotherapy. Is blood-forming.
  • Contains tumor-inhibiting substances and is a strong antioxidant.
  • Works against stress: provides inner peace.
  • Improves blood circulation to the organs.
  • Protects against liver disease.
  • Helps against bronchitis.
  • Has a detoxifying and cleansing effect.


The preparation method of Jiaogulan tea.

For 1 liter of tea, two teaspoons of loose tea or 1 tea bag are sufficient. Bring water to the boil and let it cool briefly. Pour over and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Jiaogulan tea is also good to drink cold.

The taste.

In terms of taste experience, opinions about Jiaogulan sometimes differ. Some people find the taste of licorice deliciously sweet, while others experience a bitter taste. The cause of this, according to Chinese doctors, lies in the fact that when the body is burdened or overloaded with toxins and/or waste products, the taste is experienced as bitter, while when the body is free of these substances, a delicious sweet taste is experienced. experienced. The taste of the tea therefore gives an indication of the state the body is in at that moment. Jiaogulan works as a detoxifier, so if the tea tastes bitter at first, it may improve to a sweet taste over time as the body gets into better condition.


Lately you can notice that more and more people are looking for alternatives in food and drinks. Especially if you are already a tea drinker, I can strongly recommend that you try Jiaogulan tea. It takes some getting used to, but then it is delicious to drink. Especially when you realize with every sip that it is good for your health. Personally, I have not yet come across this type of tea in a store, but if you google Jiaogulan yourself, you will certainly find addresses to order online.

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