The Chinese call jiaogulan an “immortality” herb and claim it has rejuvenating properties. Many say it can help the body resist stress as well as boost cardiovascular health. Practitioners of herbal medicine classify it as an adaptogen because it’s believed to help the body without causing harm or imbalance.
Chinese medicine first described it during the Ming Dynasty as a folk treatment for conditions such as peptic ulcers. Jiaogulan tea is also thought to help relieve coughing, colds, and other respiratory issues such as chronic bronchitis.
Jiaogulan wasn’t used widely in the traditional Chinese medicine system. Regardless, some people believed that teas made from jiaogulan in the Guizhou Province could help you live longer. There is no scientific proof of its benefits as an antiaging herb. If there were, you’d probably have heard about the key to immortality by now!