Gynostemma Tea is prepared using the leaves of an adaptogenic herb known as Gynostemma Pentaphyllum which has earned it the name Gynostemma Pentaphyllum tea. The beverage is considered healthy because of the absence of caffeine like the regular teas. Gynostemma grows abundantly in the mountainous regions of South Central China, Japan and much of Asia. The effects of this herb are very much similar to that of Ginseng owing to which it earned a synonymous name Southern Ginseng. The tea prepared using this herb is revered for the immense health benefits offered by it. The herb used for preparing Gynostemma tea was identified as one of the ten tonic herbs found across the world at the International Conference of Traditional Medicine which was held in Beijing in 1991.
Origin of Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Tea
The Gynostemma pentaphyllum has been used in the preparation of tea since many centuries in the southeastern areas of China. The mention of this tea and other foods prepared using the leaves of Gynostemma appear in pretext of a famine food. They used the tea extracted from the leaves to cure bronchitis and jaundice. Ancient Chinese and Japanese folk herbalists identified that the Gynostemma tea can be beneficial for clearing the heat and toxicity. According to a legend Qin Shi Huang of Qin dynasty conquered all states in China and spent long time in building his empire. During the time he used to sip special herb to rejuvenate his energies and also banned the regulars from enjoying this beverage with the fear that they will overpower him.
Gynostemma Tea Benefits
The herb used in the tea preparation was found to be rich in minerals, vitamins and amino acids and is considered to be good for the body as a whole due to its adaptogenic properties. The herb is known to regulate homeostasis in the body and aid in regulating the functions of digestive and reproductive systems. The tea is also promoted as a part of the weight loss program. Due to its enormous health saving properties the herb is known as the miracle grass and the Gynostemma tea extracted by crushing its leaves are known as miracle tea.