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Organically Grown Chinese Jiaogulan

Tea Leaves and Capsules

Southern China Jiaogulan Plant grown in Thailand organically - best of both worlds.


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Immortalitea™ ~ 5-leaf Jiaogulan (organically grown)

Jiaogulan (Je-OW-goo-län), scientific name ~ Gynostemma Pentaphyllum

We would like to introduce you to the origins of a mysterious, ancient drink called Immortalitea™. And for convenience you may want to take Jiaogulan capsules.

Emperor Fu Shou

According to legend, the Chinese Emperor Fu Shou (lucky immortal) was a skilled ruler, creative scientist, and patron of the arts. One of his far-sighted edicts required that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution.

While visiting a distant region of his realm one day, he and his court stopped to rest. As his servants began to boil water for everyone to drink, dried leaves from a nearby plant fell into the water and a aromatic liquid was infused. Curious, the emperor drank some and found it very refreshing ~ slightly bitter and a little sweet.

A refreshing drink appears within the pages of Chinese meditation texts as early as the 13th century. By the 16th century, the 'Herb of Immortality' is listed in a variety of holistic texts throughout China.

In the latter half of the 20th century, a nationwide census in China lead officials to inspect a mountainous area with the largest percentage of centenarian inhabitants. After inquiries into the lifestyle of people living over 100 years, one common element is discovered... a regular intake of an infusion made from a five-leaf mountain herb.

Today, we have the pleasure of inviting you to experience a taste sensation handed down for generations: Immortalitea™ ~ An herbal tea for health.


Since it's rediscovery in the 1970's, scientists in China, Japan, Germany and the USA have conducted over 300 studies into the medicinal properties of Jiaogulan. Much of this research was compiled in a book by American researcher Michael Blumert and Dr. Jialiu Liu from the Guiyang Medical College in China. The book is "Jiaogulan: China's Immortality Herb" - noted below.


Herbicide & Pesticide Free Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan grows abundantly around the Chiang Mai province of northern Thailand. Most of our local people are farmers that benefit from the fertile soil of this area. Jiaogulan plants are very sensitive to chemical fertilizers so our growers use only compost or humus to enrich the soil. Insects and plant diseases do not commonly bother Jiaogulan, so growers do not use pesticides or herbicides. Legumes are planted after each harvest to restore the nitrogen in the soil.

After harvesting, the leaf is separated from the stems. The Jiaogulan leaf is then dehydrated using traditional methods and the latest tea-rolling technology to maximize flavor and packaging presentation.


100 grams Jiaogulan tea

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(For tea, 1 tsp of leaves, they will fall to the bottom of cup.

The longer it steeps the sweeter it is! Steep 10-15 min)


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Testimony:This is a fine Jiaogulan tea. I regularly get 3 or more infusions from a single teaspoonfull! I have tried Jiaogulan tea bags in the past, but this loose leaf takes the experience to a new level. It is smooth, full bodied with a characteristic slight sweetness.

Kind thanks for prompt delivery and status emails regarding my order. Date Added: 02/08/2005 by William Boggs

jiaogulan capsules

100 Count 500 mg, Veggie Capsules, 25mg of active ingredient, gypensosides per capsule. 2-3 capsules, 2-3 x per day. Anti-oxidant and Adaptogenic effect.

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***Click here to see the drug digest entry on the medicinal benefits of Jiaogulan.


Jiaogulan Book:

China's "Immortality Herb"--Unlocking the Secrets of Nature's Powerful Adaptogen and Antioxidant by Dr. Jialu Liu and Blumert Michael, available in paperback below.



Blumert Michael quoted:
“Two years ago I began a 10,000-mile journey that took me to Asia to find out if the amazing claims about jiaogulan were true. I teamed up with Jialiu Liu, M.D., who led an eight-year research project on jiaogulan in China.

We found that over 20 years of scientific studies along with traditional Chinese medicine have shown jiaogulan to dramatically affect many life-threatening health conditions, particularly those that affect baby-boomers and seniors.” - Michael Blumert, Co-Author, Jiaogulan, China’s “Immortality” Herb

Jiaogulan (jow-goo-lawn) has such a long list of rejuvenating properties that in China they call it the ‘immortality’ herb.  It is in a rare class of herbs called ‘adaptogens’ that help your body without causing any harm or imbalance.  Jiaogulan is especially helpful in building your body’s natural resistance to stress. The amazing effect jiaogulan has on cardio-vascular health has earned it the title of “the herbal heart defender”. 



   Jiaogulan Book

Dr. Jialiu Liu and Blumert Michael

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This is the first book to reveal the complete history and the traditional and modern uses of jiaogulan. The beneficial effects of this “miracle” herb on regulating blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, lowering cholesterol levels, and increasing endurance are described in detail. The authors have also included most of the known research on jiaogulan.

Praises for the Book

“This book is a well-written, user friendly presentation of a remarkable herb…Jiaogulan is a welcome addition to our medical bag, as this book is to our library.”
- Hyla Cass, M.D. Assistant Clincal Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine.
Author: St. John’s Wort: Nature’s Blues Buster, Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia, and All About Herbs.

“This book remains an excellent reference for providing an overview of the scientific studies on this important Chinese herb and allows the reader to judge the potential of its medical benefits in a scientific manner.”
- Journal of Natural Products, 2000


Jiaogulan comes to America

As indicated above, in 1999 American researcher Michael Blumert and Dr. Jialiu Liu teamed up to publish a book on Jiaogulan. This book entitled "Jiaogulan: The Immortality Herb"  compiled much of the research on this herb and sparked interest in the U.S. In parallel, alternative medical practitioners were hearing about Jiaogulan and began including it in their recommendations to clients. 

Now BioGro Products brings Jiaogulan to you. We grow our Jiaogulan "organically"in the highlands of Thailand where the clean air and water produce a superior plant and certified organic product. We harvest monthly and ship fresh to your door.

History of Jiaogulan

Why hasn't most of the Western world heard of Jiaogulan? The reasons probably lie with the unique history of Jiaogulan.  Chinese herbs and medicinals (for example Ginseng, Gingko Biloba,  Dongquai ) became popularized in the US primarily through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practiced in the U.S by Chinese immigrants and then spreading to broader use by the alternative healing community. However, Jiaogulan receives only the briefest mention in the TCM classic texts.  How did that happen? Read more below.

The writing and publication of scholarly texts in ancient China was financed through a rigid patronage system.  Since the seat of power for most of China's history has been in central and northern China and the classic Chinese medical texts were written by the royal physicians these texts were written from the perspective of  physicians from central China.  Meanwhile, the traditional medicine of southern China was largely ignored.  Jiaogulan grows naturally in certain small provinces in southern China. Consequently, the authors of TCM had only passing familiarity with Jiaogulan. Jiaogulan is first mentioned in literature during the Ming dynasty.

In 1406 the physician Zhu Xiao described Jiaogulan in a medical text called "Materia Medica for Famine".  In this text he simply recommends Jiaogulan as a cheap dietary supplement for people living in some of the "poor" provinces.  In the late 1500' Jiaogulan is again briefly mentioned in the classic TCM text, "Compendium of Materia Medica". However, the author Li Shi-Zhen confused Jiaogulan with another herb and recommended it for use on cuts, bruises, edemas of the neck and other trauma.  This confusion is cleared up during the Qing dynasty by herbalist Wu Qi-Ju in the book, "Textual Investigation of Herbal Plants". Again, Jiaogulan is only briefly described although the applications are clarified.

The focus of TCM on plants from the North and central China and the confusion in the texts resulted in Jiaogulan never being widely used in China. However, it remained popular among the villagers of  southern provinces especially Guangxi and Shicuan provinces. There, villagers drank it because it tasted good and was refreshing. They preferred Jiaogulan to the more common Te' or Cha' (the plant we now usually call tea) and why not, it tasted great and grew like a weed in the forests. 

This frequent consumption in Guangxi and Shicuan had some interesting results that were not noticed until the great Chinese census of the 1970's.  What the census revealed was startling and led to the modern discovery of Jiaogulan.

Jiaogulan Research

Dr. Masahiro Nagai first researched Jiaogulan as a potential sugar substitute. Remember in the 1970's when artificial sweeteners like Sweet n' Low were all the rage? Naturally many companies were searching for other alternatives in order to capture this booming market.  Dr. Nagai investigated the plant Amachazuru (Jiaogulan).  He was surprised to discover that Amachazuru contained many of the same chemical  compounds as Ginseng. He published his findings but dropped the project as it appeared Jiaogulan was not sufficiently sweet to make and efficient sugar substitute.

Later Dr. Tsunematsu Takemoto read Dr. Nagai's paper and became interested in Amachazuru. Dr. Takemoto and his team researched Amachazuru throughout the 1980's and published extensive findings including documenting 82 separate saponins (the beneficial compounds in Ginseng which has only 29 saponins). We owe much of our current knowledge and interest in Jiaogulan to Dr. Takemoto, however, his research ended with his death in 1989.

Other FAQ's

What is Jiaogulan?

Jiaogulan, scientific name Gynostemma Pentaphyllum, is a member of the cucumber family.  As the name implies, it grows in characteristic five leaf clusters and is a low lying vine or ground cover.

What are the benefits of Jiaogulan?

So numerous to list, we have provided a link which will allow you to reveiw all the medicinal benefits of Jiaoguloan

Click here to see the drug digest entry on the medicinal benefits of Jiaogulan.

Are there any side effects from Jiaogulan?

According to, some people can experience:

Nausea, sometimes described as serious, has been associated with taking gynostemma. Also reported is a possible increase in the number of bowel movements.

No other side effects have been reported consistently from using gynostemma. Since few reliable studies of its use have been conducted in humans, however, it may have side effects that are not yet known. Individuals who experience unexplained side effects while taking gynostemma should stop taking it and tell a doctor or pharmacist about the side effects.

What is an adaptogen (as Jiaogulan is a known cell adaptogen)?

Russian scientist N. V. Lazarev coined the term adaptogen in 1947 to describe herbs that have "a normalizing action on various bodily functions regardless of the direction of the pathological condition." In other words, an adaptogen is an herb that helps the body self- regulate. If something is out of balance, either too much of something or too little of something, an adaptogen helps the body return to the ideal state.

How much Jiaogulan should I consume - capsules and/or tea?

The simple answer is, "as much as you want".  We recommend  4 to 8 cups per day of tea. If taking jiaogulan in capsule form the recommendation is usually 2 to 6 capsules twice daily. 


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