- Jiao gu lan (Arrow-Shaped Tinospora Root)
- E zhu (Curcuma Rhizome)
Affects based on the TCM:
- Cools heat RE from the stomach and intestines
- Dispels hot toxins RE DU
- Disperses damp phlegm TAN SHI
- Moistens the lungs FEI and supports production of body fluids JIN YE
- Calms and simultaneously tonifies spirit SHEN
- High blood pressure
- Increased cholesterol, blood lipids, and blood sugar
- Thrombosis, embolism, angina pectoris, Leiden mutation
- Light depressions or, conversely, irritability and agitation
Description according to traditional Chinese medicine: The leaves of Gynostemma pentaphyllum (jiaogulan), which looks like a climbing vine, are called the “herb of immortality” in China. The doctors in one Chinese province noticed that local people lived for 100 and more years very often and their health was extraordinary. One of the main reasons was regular consumption of Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract. The herb was discovered a short time ago and, as is often the case, quite coincidentally. In the 1970s the Japanese government prohibited the use of the artificial sweetener saccharin, which contains chemicals not really good for the organism, and started researching natural sources of sugar such as Stevia and Gynostemma. At that time Japanese researchers coincidentally found out that Gynostemma contains a large quantity of gypenosides (saponins), whose composition is very similar to ginsenosides contained in traditional ginseng. They gave up researching the sweetener from Gynostemma and started investigating this rare and previously undiscovered herb; they were surprised to learn about all the medical treasures hidden in this little inconspicuous plant.
Saponins are herbal glycosides similar to essential oils and have anti-inflammatory effects, dissolve phlegm and strengthen blood vessels. They have a bitter, astringent taste and their effects are similar to those of corticosteroids, but in a natural form! These saponins – ginsenosides give ginseng its reputed medical uniqueness. However, ginseng contains only about 28 of them, while Gynostemma 82. Its main effects are therefore similar to the effects of ginseng, plus other benefits of Gynostemma, so this plant has become a remarkable herb certainly worth noting by modern people, especially with their current “modern” problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and blood lipids, elevated blood sugar, elevated blood clotting (thrombosis, embolism, angina pectoris, Leiden mutation), various inflammations, but also digestive problems (gastric and duodenal ulcers and inflammations, gout), lung problems (asthma, chronic bronchitis, cough with mucus), multiple sclerosis, as well as mental stress, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. Another advantage of this herb is its double effect, i.e. it is good against mental as well as metabolic problems. As regards mental problems, it has a calming and mitigating effect in the state of abundance (performance “overheat”) as well as a stimulating and strengthening effect in the state of deficiency (suppression and exhaustion). In case of metabolic problems, such as obesity or emaciation, this herb also has a harmonizing effect – forming the body of obese people and increasing the muscles of those emaciated. These beneficial effects are often used by athletes from the whole world because Gynostemma increases physical strength and activity, improves endurance and concentration.
Packaging: 100g of herbal powdered product (100% natural, without any synthetic or binding agents).
Dosage and preparation: The recommended daily dose of the beverage is 4 grams, i.e. 4 measuring cups once a day. Children under 12 years use a half dose. The powder is poured and mixed with approx. 200ml of hot water. You can then drink it as a warm tea.
It has no toxic effects and can be used for a long period of time without the risk of overdose. The drink should not be used during pregnancy.
- Jiao gu lan (Arrow-Shaped Tinospora Root)
- E zhu (Curcuma Rhizome)
Each batch of our herbal products is tested in the accredited Phytax laboratory for medicines in Schlieren (Switzerland). This testing identifies herbs, but also heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, and copper), bacteria (E. coli, salmonella, total number of bacteria), mould, yeasts and aflatoxins. TCM Herbs is the only supplier in Europe that tests each batch of herbs for all its herbal tablets. Among other things, the herbal products are tested for 511 types of pesticides (4 groups). This is because pesticides have become a worldwide problem, especially in products from the so-called third world. Customers buy herbal products in the belief that they are completely natural, but often these products are “contaminated” with other undesirable “chemicals”.
The herbal tablets and beverages from our company (TCM Herbs) are the only ones in Europe to have been additionally tested. Among others, our products are tested for 511 pesticides — and this number is continuously increasing due to the use of new pesticides. Pesticides are now becoming a global problem! Such a range of checks on pesticides cannot even be detected in laboratories in Europe. Neither is anyone testing it, because unfortunately European legislation does not require these examinations. This comprehensive testing of each batch, and each herb beyond the normal examinations does require considerable financial costs, but the quality of herbs and safety of our products is our absolute priority.
Laboratories are different
A certified laboratory for food supplements is obliged to examine the presence of heavy metals, fungi, and bacteria. However it only determines a smaller range of pesticides and its requirements for their quality content in herbs are lower.
On the other hand, a certified laboratory for medicines also identifies individual herbs and, in particular, tests the entire range of pesticides (at least 500 types) and has higher requirements for the quality in herbs. In the EU, there are only a few laboratories like that and the prices for their services are rightly high. Today, it is therefore very important to know which laboratory tests the dietary supplement and what the tests are focused on; if each batch and each herb are tested, or just a random sample, for how many pesticides, how many added ingredients and how many additional binding agents the product contains, etc. – otherwise consumers could be easily deceived and disappointed (you can find more details at Safety and Quality of TCM Herbs Products).
All our herbal products are tested in a certified laboratory for medicines.
The above information implies that herbal tablets and drinks of TCM Herbs are, in terms of quantity (concentration of herbs in the mixture is 5 times higher, i.e. 1 g of a herbal tablet equals 5 g of raw herbs) and quality (unprecedented testing of each batch), among the best products we can imagine and enjoy in terms of today’s natural medicines.