Jiaogulan(Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

background

Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is best known as a traditional Chinese medicine herb. In the Guizhou Province, it is used as an anti-aging herb and many people who drink jiaogulan tea reach very old age. However, no link between jiaogulan tea and living many years has been scientifically proven.
Jioagulan has shown some promise for treating cancer. Jiaogulan may also reduce nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, although more studies are needed in both of these areas before a recommendation can be made.

Related Terms

Amachazuru, Cucurbitaceae (family), dammarane-type saponins, Gynostemma pentaphyllum, gypenoside XLIX, gypenosides, miracle grass, southern ginseng, Vitis pentaphyllum, xianxao.

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
 
Cancer (Grade: C)
Preliminary evidence indicates that gypenosides extracted from
Fatty liver (nonalcoholic) (Grade: C)
extract may be helpful for those with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease when combined with other treatment. More research is needed in this area.