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  • Gynostemma pentaphyllum
  • Origin: China


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Common Name

Standardized: gynostemma
Other: blue ginseng, sweet-tea vine

Botanical Name

Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino
Plant Family: Cucurbitaceae



Gynostemma is a perennial climbing vine, prized for both its ornamental and medicinal properties. It is a member of the cucumber and gourd family, but does not bear the characteristic fruit, instead producing clusters of tiny black berries. The gynostemma carried by Mountain Rose Herbs is from the pentaphyllum species, native to Vietnam, China, and Japan. It can be planted as an annual in temperate climates, but will wilt in direct sunlight and cannot survive the freezing temperatures of winter. Gynostemma is dioecious, meaning that each plant is either male or female and requires both for germination. It has a naturally sweet flavor that has led some to research in its viability as a sugar substitute.

Parts Used

The leaf

Typical Preparations

Most commonly consumed as a tea or extract, and sometimes as a capsule.


In the 1970s, Dr. Masahiro Nagai discovered that gynostemma possesses many of the compounds found in the unrelated ginseng plant, and it is similarly employed as an adaptogen. Like other adaptogens, gynostemma helps the body to maintain balance and optimal health. Human and animal trials have suggested that gynostemma may be beneficial for liver and blood health among healthy individuals, and may also exhibit antioxidant and gastroprotective properties.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.