Supports Immune system, Circulation, respiratory health and glucose metabolism
Praised as “The Herb of Immortality” in China, Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is a climbing vine of the cucumber/gourd family, believed to contribute to a long and disease-free life due to its powerful anti-aging effects and possibly the widest spectrum of health benefits of any plant known to science.
In Chinese Medicine, Jiaogulan is believed to act as an adaptogen, regulating normal cortisol levels in the body. It works by supporting the body’s natural repair pathways. Commonly given to horses affected by metabolic conditions such as Insulin Resistance (IR) and Cushing’s disease (PPID). It is also used in performance horses to improve the maintenance and repair of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
In horses, Jiaogulan is used for its ability to increase nitric oxide production in blood vessel cells (vascular endothelium). It acts as a vasodilator, increasing blood flow throughout the body.
People use Jiaogulan for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and improving heart function. It is also used for strengthening the immune system, increasing stamina and endurance, increasing resistance to environmental stress (as an “adaptogen”), improving memory, and preventing hair loss.
Feeding– Start slowly increase as necessary, Ideally 2x/day, 20 minutes before feeding
1000 lb Horse 1/2-2 Teaspoons/day
Adjust according to increased energy and alertness and pinker gums
DO NOT use with Bute, Flunixine, vasodilating drugs
Herbal Tea Beverage– Pour 1-4 cups of hot water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add 1-3 teaspoons, depending on potency, cover and turn off heat. Let it brew for 4-5 minutes, strain and serve.