Jiaogulan Benefits and Side Effects


jiaogulan benefits

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), sometimes called Southern Ginseng is a plant that grows in Central China and is known for its healing properties.  Jiaogulan is a natural remedy that is widely used in Chinese medicine to treat many health conditions including hepatitis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (Li, Lin, Huang, Xie, & Ma, 2016)

The most common way to take Jiaogulan is by drinking it as a tea.  Jiaogulan tea been used for hundreds of years as a health elixir and contains saponins and antioxidants. (Staughton, 2019)

Although there are not many studies on humans, scientists are beginning to look Gynostemma pentaphyllum to help in the treatment of cancer.  The Jiaogulan plant is made up of several compounds that are being looked at because they have cancer fighting properties. (Li, Lin, Huang, Xie, & Ma, 2016)


What is Jiaogulan Used For?

Jiaogulan is used for a variety of things.  Some of the more common ones are:

  • High cholesterol- may lower over all cholesterol and help produce higher levels of HDL or good cholesterol (WebMD, 2018)
  • Diabetes- for people with Diabetes, drinking Jiaogulan tea can potentially reduce fasting blood sugar levels and change the sensitivity on how the body responds to insulin. (WebMD, 2018)
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hair loss
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Anti-aging
  • Obesity

Side Effects and Interactions

Although widely used in China, Jiaogulan has not been widely studied in the United States outside of clinical trials and laboratory studies. (Wong, 2019)  Some side effects may include nausea and increased bowel movements.  (WebMD, 2018)

  • Potential warnings include: (emedicinehealth.com, 2019)
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • People with auto-immune diseases
  • People with bleed disorders
  • People taking certain medications

Jiaogulan can be used for a variety of health conditions and ailments.  As with any herbal remedy, make sure to talk to your doctor before using.   

Jaiogulan offers many benefits when taken in the form of tea.  So go ahead and pour yourself a cup!




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Li, Y., Lin, W., Huang, J., Xie, Y., & Ma, W. (2016). Anti-cancer effects of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino (Jiaogulan). Chinese Medicine, 11(43).

Staughton, J. (2019, September 26). 9 Amazing Benefits of Jiaogulan. Retrieved from Organic Facts: https://www.organicfacts.net/jiaogulan-benefits.html

WebMD. (2018). Retrieved from WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-265/jiaogulan

Wong, C. (2019, September). The Health Benefits of Jiaogulan. Retrieved from Very Well Health: https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-lowdown-on-jiaogulan-88940



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