Plant uses: Known as the immortality herb it is widely used in Chinese Medicine where it is considered to be beneficial to the heart and lung organ systems. A cooling and rejuvenating tea that provides potent gypenosides. These natural compounds are believed to improve the health of all organ systems in particular the cardiovascular system. This tea has been traditionally used to support the nervous system, hormone balance, strengthening the heart muscle, benefiting digestion, and helping reduce stress. It also promotes good sleep.
Plant Preparation: Infusion (make a nourishing cup of tea).
Plant Properties: Adaptogen, antioxidant, decongestant, and expectorant, immune system balancing, may improve digestion and metabolism, helps protect and strengthen the nervous system, helps protects the liver, and supports the hormonal or endocrine system.
Energetics & Taste: Cooling, sweet, slightly bitter.
Scientific Name: Gynostemma Pentaphyllum.
Common Names: Amachazuri, five-leaf ginseng, miracle grass, poor man’s ginseng, southern ginseng, sweet tea vine, the immortality herb.
Part Used: Leaf.
Cautions and contraindications: With all herbs, it is important to do your own research before consuming them. Although many herbs are generally safe to use, some herbs may have interactions with medication or be unsuitable to use during pregnancy.