Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The discovery of Jiaogulan

A rare herbal medicine in Vietnam

Giảo cổ lamJiaogulan, scientific name is Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb) Makino Cucurbitaceae. Jiaogulan is also known as Sedum, miracle herb, Southern Ginseng. The Japanese call Jiaogulan as Amachazuzu. This valuable herb was already mentioned in 1639 in the book "Agriculture notes". Since ancient times, kings used Jiaogulan to enhance the health, increase longevity and to maintain the beauty. In a study of people living in the mountains of Japan, Jiaogulan was accidentally discovered in 1976. Through regular use of Jiaogulan people had an average lifespan of 98 years. In 1997, the Jiaogulan plant was discovered on Mount Fansipan in northern Vietnam. Today, the research on Jiaogulan, especially in China, the U.S., Germany and Italy are operated.

The effect of Jiaogulan

A series of case studies to write Jiaogulan following effects:
Jiaogulan acts on the blood platelets
  • inhibits accumulation
  • can dissolve clots
  • Anti-thrombotic
  • increases blood flow to the brain
Jiaogulan is effective against hepatitis, high blood pressure and cancer
  • stronger anti-inflammatory effect than indomethacin
  • significant inhibition of the growth of tumors
  • reduces blood fats (triglycerides and cholesterol)
  • increases the performance
  • protects the cells of the liver, detoxifies and increases the secretion of bile
  • increases the cellular immune response to radiation or chemotherapy
  • lowers blood sugar, increases insulin secretion mechanism and can increase the sensitivity of target tissues to insulin (Surprisingly, this effect was only detected in diabetics.)
  • preventing cancer, inhibiting the growth of tumors and to prevent the formation of tumorous cells
  • positive effect on the skin: extends the life of skin cells, reduces the formation of degenerated cells and increases the regenerative capacity of cells
Jiaogulan is effective in atherosclerosis, stabilizes blood pressure, prevent cardiovascular complications, reduces fatigue caused by stress, increase performance and work capacity, strengthens the body's immune system. It also improves the functional symptoms and helps patients to eat and to sleep well. It is good for the liver, gallbladder and digestion, reduces drowsiness, dizziness, headache caused by cerebral ischemia.

This is a summary translation of the article "Giảo cổ lam" by Dr. Hoang Xuan Dai on

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