|5-petal-leaf jiaogulan (五叶参)|
|7-petal-leaf jiaogulan (七叶参)|
Recent research indicates that jiaogulan actually contains over 80 different saponins compared to the 28 found in Ginseng - leading it to be referred to as Ginseng on steroids, such are the adaptogenic effects of this herb.
It is used as a tonic for longevity and vitality and given to racehorses to improve their performance. The leaves are brewed into a medicinal tonic tea for anxiety, stress, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and insomnia. But unfortunately, there is no good scientific evidence supporting most of these uses.
Drinking jiaogulan tea
Jiaogulan tea is slightly sweet. Do not steep too long or use too much, or it will become bitter.
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I have been drinking jiaogulan tea for a few years. This is how it helps me:
- Reduces blood pressure. At times, I could reduce my BP by 10 - 20 points when I drank this herb with another tea, kuding cha. Alone, it helps to control my BP well below the recommended pressure.
- It relaxes me so that I could have a good night sleep. Daytime, you will full of energy that you may not need to take a nap.