... Although it has been used to treat a wide range of diseases in its native areas of China, gynostemma has been studied most for its effects on the heart and blood vessels. Gynostemma may have a direct strengthening effect on the heart, possibly causing the heart to beat more powerfully. It may also have a number of secondary cardiovascular effects, such as reducing the stickiness of blood components called platelets. Created in the bone marrow, platelets circulate in the blood. In a process called "platelet aggregation", they stick to injured tissue, beginning the blood clotting process and promoting wound healing. Gynostemma''s potential reduction in platelet aggregation may help to reduce the build up of plaques in blood vessels. Plaques are accumulations of fats and blood cells that may lead to heart attacks or strokes if blood flow becomes restricted. In addition, gynostemma has been shown in laboratory studies to widen blood vessels -- an effect that may both lower blood pressure and reduce the workload on the heart. Some evidence suggests that gynostemma also contains chemicals that may lower cholesterol levels in the blood. All of these potential effects need more human studies to prove or disprove them. ...
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?Gynostemma pentaphyllum Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae Division: Magnoliophyta Class: Cucurbitales Order: Magnoliopsida Family: Cucurbitaceae Subfamily: Zanonioideae Subtribe: Gomphogyninae Genus: Gynostemma Species: G. pentaphyllum Binomial name Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino 1902 Baby Jiaogulan plants Gynostemma pentaphyllum, also called Jiaogulan (Chinese: 绞股蓝; pinyin: jiǎogǔlán) or Southern ginseng, is an herba ...
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