Gynostemma / Jiaogulan is commonly referred to in Western languages as jiaogulan, five-leaf ginseng, poor man's ginseng, miracle grass, fairy herb, sweet tea vine and gospel herb. In Chinese as jiaogulan (twisting-vine-orchid) or Xiancao, (immortal grass or herb of immortality). In Japanese as amachazuru (sweet, tasty tea, vine, creeping plant). In Korean as dungkulcha or dolwe. In Taiwanese as sencauw. In Thai as jiaogulan and in Vietnamese as giao co lam
China, Korea and Japan
Root and aerial parts
Add ½ - ¾ teaspoon of powder per 1 cup of hot water, leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Goes well with a herbal tea blend, and/or 3/4 to 1 gram as powder up to 3 times per day or as directed by your herbal practitioner
Gynostemma / Jiaogulan appears to be relatively safe. Mild side-effects may include fatigue, lethargy, feeling of chest oppression, dry nose, dry throat, increased heart beat and rash. There are no reports of severe adverse reactions or complications.