Spring Dragon Longevity Tea
The Healthiest Tea on Earth
The Multifunctional “Magical grass”
In Asia, Gynostemma is
known as a “magical grass.” It has been reported to have a wide
range of health-promoting benefits
In Asia, Gynostemma is
considered to be*
Invigorating (does not cause hyperactivity
– not a stimulant)
Calming (promotes a sense of peace – not a
Anti-aging (antioxidant and more)
Anti-inflammatory (not as a medicine, but to
help reduce the factors that cause low grade, sub-clinical chronic inflammation
experienced by all humans)
Immune-regulating (not as a medicine, but to
help support the normal healthy functioning of various immune functions)
A respiratory tonic (improve respiratory
A digestive aid (Gynostemma is very soothing)
Gynostemma has been shown in animal studies to have liver
and cardiovascular-protecting benefits and to support normal healthy
functioning in these organs.*
greatness of Gynostemma lies in its broad spectrum adaptogenic (stress modulating)
quality.* Adaptogenic herbs improve the efficiency of the metabolic,
neurological, immunologic, respiratory and endocrine systems. Prolonged consumption of Gynostemma
tends to have a highly protective quality because it strengthens the adaptive capacity
of the person at every level of their life.*
has a double-direction activity in
Gynostemma has the ability
to bring balance to the body under a wide range of stressful circumstances.
Japanese studies have indicated that Gynostemma
has a double-direction, regulating, adaptogenic influence on the central nervous system. It is calming
when one is overexcited and invigorating when one is fatigued.
Gynostemma is widely known for its
“spirit-lifting” effect on one’s mood.
may have a direct strengthening effect on the heart*
Gynostemma has developed an
enormous reputation in Asia as a major aid in
weight management programs
Gynostemma has been shown to have a
double-direction activity with regard to weight. Gynostemma can be useful in
reducing excessive body fat, when combined with a reasonable exercise program
and a healthy diet that modulates caloric intake.
Gynostemma may also help athletes, body builders
or excessively slim people to gain weight.
Gynostemma accelerates the body’s
metabolism and helps adjust blood sugar and blood fat levels. Adjusting blood
sugar and blood fat are critical steps in attaining healthy metabolic function,
whether one wants to lose weight by reducing excessive body fat, gain weight by
building lean muscle, or maintain healthy weight by helping regulate bodily
Although Gynostemma is not laxative, it may help
maintain healthy bowel movements.
Gynostemma acts as a scavenger in the stomach
and intestines, ridding the body of toxins, toxic microbes and waste that
otherwise may become lodged in the intestines.
Gynostemma protects the stomach lining.*
Gynostemma has potent
antioxidant, and concomitant anti-inflammatory activity
Gynostemma is a potent antioxidant that protects
cell membranes from oxidative injury which can result in chronic inflammation.*
The main active
ingredients in Gynostemma are known as saponins
The saponins in
Gynostemma are called gypenosides.
There are over 100 gypenosides in Gynostemma.
These gypenosides are
responsible for the hepato-protective and adaptogenic qualities of this tonic
The Story of Spring Dragon
In 1972, a group of Japanese researchers reported that
Gynostemma tea was being consumed as a daily “longevity tea” by
large numbers of southern Chinese people. It was revered in the regions where
it grew as “magical grass” because of its many reputed health
benefits. Subsequently, studies conducted first in Japan revealed that Gynostemma was
extremely rich in saponins that were extremely close to those found in ginseng
and Siberian ginseng. As it turned out, Gynostemma is even richer in these
saponins than ginseng. Gynostemma tea had generally been made from wild
mountain Gynostemma pentaphyllum
plants, but as Gynostemma reputation as a longevity herb grew, farmers learned
to cultivate it. Within a decade, Gynostemma was being consumed by millions of
Asians as a tonic tea.
in 1992, Ron Teeguarden was traveling to China to oversea a production run
of tonic herbal formulations. Because of a ticketing mistake, he was upgraded
to first class. By coincidence, he was seated on the long flight from San Francisco to Beijing
next to Professor Xiao Peigun. Also, by “coincidence,” Ron had an
photocopied article written by Professor Xiao in his travel bag. The article
was entitled “Anti-Aging Chinese Herbs.” Xiao Peigun, as it turned
out, was Director of the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in Beijing,
a major research institute belonging to the Chinese Academy
of Medical Sciences. He was also head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center
for Traditional Medicine, Commissioner of the Committee on Pharmacopeia for the
People’s Republic of China
and a Commissioner of New Drug Evaluation for the PRC. In other words, he was
one of the most powerful and knowledgeable herbal experts in the world. Because
Ron had his article on the plane, Professor Xiao took Ron under his wing. When
Ron met with Professor Xiao at the institute, he asked Professor Xiao if he
knew of any special tonic herbs with significant anti-aging qualities.
Professor Xiao responded instantly that Gynostemma was exactly what I was
looking for. Professor Xiao introduced Ron to the supplier of the highest
quality Gynostemma in China
and Ron was ready to develop a product.
Gynostemma is traditionally consumed as a tea, just like
green tea. It is delicious as well. At the same time, Ron had come across a
special, traditional Chinese method of brewing “longevity teas” by
supersaturating extracted herbs into tea leaves. Ron decided to use this
ancient technology to supersaturate Gynostemma leaves with a number of other
tonic herbs that had traditional reputations as longevity herbs. With the help
of Yanlin, he found a tea master who
knew the secret of preparing the “longevity teas.” After
experimenting for several months at Yanlin’s
parents home in China,
the final tea was determined and thus was born Spring Dragon Longevity Tea.
In Addition to Gynostemma
– Called the “quintessence of Chinese herbs,” Schizandra is a
delicious, exotic tonic fruit that is traditionally used to tonify all the
systems of the body, clean the liver, open the lungs, nourish and moisturize
the skin, and sharpen the mind. It is a potent antioxidant.*
– Known in Asia as a premier
“longevity and anti-aging herb,” this delicious tonic fruit is a
true superfood, rich in antioxidants. It is famous for enhancing strength,
vision and beauty. Goji is rich in immune-potentiating polysaccharides.
– One of the most important herbs in all of herbalism, Astragalus is
highly regarded for its immune-regulating, immune-potentiating effects. It is
also a potent energy tonic and blood tonic.
Also known as “Siberian Ginseng,” Eleuthero is famous for its ability
to enhance physical and mental endurance, to help us handle stress more
efficiently and as a gentle mood elevator. Eleuthero, like ginseng and
Gynostemma, is rich in saponins. It is the ultimate adaptogenic herb.
Luo Han Guo
– This delicious, exotic fruit has been used for centuries as a lung
tonic. It contains mogroside, a
potent immune-potentiating glucoside.
antiaging, immune regulating, anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulating, fat
reducing, tonifying to the Lungs, Heart, Spleen/Pancreas, Liver and Kidney, and
Who can use it? Anyone
Concentration: Whole cut Gynostemma tea; concentrated herbal
Specifications: 20 teabags
If you are under a
doctor’s supervision for cardiovascular disease, check with your
physician prior to using this or any herbal product.
Usage: Drink 1 – 3 tea bags a day, making from
1 to 10 cups of tea