What is a Tonic - A liquid preparation of herbs and nutrients formulated to promote a long, healthy, and vibrant life.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a tonic has a protective, balancing, and energizing quality that benefits one's entire well-being and creates “radiant health.” Jiaogulan is considered the premier balancing herb in all of TCM. A good Jiaogulan Tonic, should consist of juices pressed from the leaf, stem, and root.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, individual herbs are rarely used alone. This a good Tonic blends Chinese herbs and phytonutrient-rich superfoods together to create a synergistic effect that is far greater than would be obtained by taking each of these supernutrients separately.
So what is jiaogulan?
Jiaogulan is a member of same family as cucumbers, melons, and gourds. It grows in five-leaf clusters, hence its botanical name, Gynostemma pentaphyllum. Jiaogulan has a long history of use in China, but is just now gaining popularity worldwide because of new scientific research supporting a wide range of health benefits that may very well eclipse that of any plant yet discovered. In its native home in southern China, jiaogulan is so revered that it is called xiancao (“herb of immortality”).
Jiaogulan's broad spectrum of biological effects can be explained by its status as a potent adaptogen. This rare class of herbs has the ability to bring balance to the body under a wide range of stressful circumstances.† Adaptogens also enhance the body's ability to defend itself by improving immunity and increasing energy, stamina, and endurance.† The chemical constituents responsible for the balancing effects of adaptogens are called saponins, and these exist in many forms. It is believed that the adaptogenic power of an herb is directly proportional to its content and variety of saponins. With 28 saponins, Panax ginseng is renowned as an adaptogen. But jiaogulan contains more than 100 health-giving saponins, which experts proclaim to be more than any other plant in nature. These include powerful gypenoside saponins that are not found in any other species.
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