|Jiaogulan - The
Immortality Herb from China
Two companies sent us some
Jiaogulan to review. One company, Herbal Products, Inc. at
send us a book on Jiaogulan and some tea bags, while another
company, the Immortalitea Company, at
us some loose Jiaogulan tea to try.
Both teas tasted fantastic. Keep
in mind that to get the most out of Jiaogulan, you must drink it
fresh. Do NOT let it get old and stale.
Since they both sent us
information on the teas, we will pass this onto you too. To read
more, you can go to
www.immortalitea.com/faqs%20jiaogulan.htm and click on the link
to Health Benefits.
There has been a lot of research
on Jiaogulan and we will encapsulate it here for you.
Jiaogulan is first and foremost
an adaptogen, as we point out in the Jiaogulan section of our
Alternative Cancer Therapies article. And adaptogen tends to
balance and harmonize the body after attacks from various stressors.
Beyond this, here is a list of
more of Jiaogulan’s properties:
- Antioxidant: known to
increase the presence of Super-Oxide Dismutase, a powerful
internal antioxidant. In one study it was discovered that SOD
increased a whopping 282%.
- Helps with insomnia: this
herb was fount to improve sleep quality in 89 – 95% of those
- Fights hypertension:
studies have shown that Jiaogulan is 82% effective in lowering
blood pressure. Scientists feel that it was Jiaogulan’s ability
to help release Nitric Oxide that is responsible for its effect
- Antitumor: though the
literature likes to point out that more research is needed,
Jiaogulan seems to inhibit tumor growth, actually kills cancer
cells (increases NK activity), and is a pretty powerful
preventive. In one study, it helped inhibit cervical cancer.
- Fights radiation damage: in
a study of cancer patients undergoing it was discovered that
administering Jiaogulan to patients undergoing radiation therapy
helped to regularize the white blood counts.
- Hypoglycemic: shown to
improve glucose tolerance and maintain healthy insulin levels.
- Increases cellular
immunity: patients whose immune systems had been compromised by
cancer (and its treatment) were shown to have a much better
prognosis when using Jiaogulan as opposed to the control group.
Possible Side Effects
Jiaogulan has been known to
cause Nausea and diarrhea. Though I felt nothing of the sort when
drinking Jiaogulan tea, some sensitive individuals might.
Jiaogulan is also a blood
thinner and people should know this and take precautions, especially
if they are already on blood thinning drugs.
People who have had organ
transplants should not take Jiaogulan because of its immune
All in all, we found Jiaogulan
to be a refreshing tea and the number of enhancement properties
makes it something that could be used by most people in their daily
regimen. Had I cancer or heart disease, this would be a must in any
program that allowed for the extra antioxidant boost.
All references to the studies
mentioned above can be found at the
Immortalitea web site.
You can also find these
references in the following book:
Jiaogulan--China's "Immortality Herb":Unlocking the Secrets of Nature's Powerful Adaptogen and Antioxidant