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Lies about jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

Hello, I received a leaflet with Thai Jiaogulan Herbal Tea, where, among other things, Jiaogulan identifies more than four times more effective saponins than ginseng root, and some healers perceive it and evaluate it as 10x greater. I know that with regard to the "perception of some healers" it is quite questionable, but you can send me a comparison of ginseng and the above tea, Your opinion? Alda.

Hello, Aldo!

This statement about Gynostemma pentaphyllum , jiao-ke-lan, is known. This is a specific lie. I have already mentioned the real state of affairs here - Gynostemma pentaphyllum - Jiaogulan - but the lie about gynostem is one of the so-called shameful lies that were often used in the politics of the 20th century. This lie is no deviation from reality, but from pure fiction - the opposite of reality. So you will not get the right opinion by mitigating my statement with the opponent's statement - you have to drop it completely into the wastebasket.

But before I go on, I would like to point out that gynostema and the five-leaf is an amazing, important plant that is a unique alternative source of panaxosides, otherwise only available from ginseng. Gynostema is also a distinct healing plant that does not need to look like a ginseng as an older brother. It is not my goal to damage the reputation of this plant! In an article about gynostem I did not want to concentrate on this. But when we compare, then:

Quality dry ginseng ( Panax spp.) Contains about 20-24% panaxosid saponins. Dried leaf gynostemy contains 2.4% saponins, of which about one quarter is identical to ginseng panaxosides . Quantitatively, therefore, the gynostem drug contains 8 to 10 times less total saponins than ginseng and 30 to 40 times less panaxosides than ginseng. From a qualitative point of view, gynostema contains 10 species of panaxosides, while ginseng contains many tens.

Some people have decided that they can not write the truth - that gynostema contains 40x less panaxosides in dry matter than ginseng. Instead they created a story that contains "four times more saponins than ginseng", true in the sense that, in addition to about 0.6% of ginseng panaxosides, gynostema contains about three times as many (1.8%) of other non-ginsular gynosomic saponins. Therefore, they use the phrase "curative saponins". Do you understand? The people who created this story know the reality and use such a phrase to be able to defend themselves when they have been told otherwise. It was one of my friends in the casino: he told the croupier a double-minded sentence, and when he lost, he claimed the bet that he was thinking otherwise.

Yet gynostema has a unique position in the function of ginseng substitution (" southern ginseng "), because it contains panaxosides as the only plant outside the genus Panax . Gynostema is a type of pumpkin ( Cucurbitaceae ) and its saponins are obtained from leaves, so it is very cheap compared to real ginseng. This thermophilous plant can be well grown in ours (greenhouse, balcony or even apartment) . I would recommend it to grow for all seniors who can not afford to buy herbs.


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