Thomas C. Andres tcandre at MED.CORNELL.EDU
Wed Aug 13 14:59:02 CDT 1997

Gynostemma pentaphyllum (Thunb.) Makino, also known by the common name Lo=
 han kuo (Lohanguo or Jiao-gu-lan), is a perennial vine in the=
 Cucurbitaceae. It is native to southern and eastern Asia and is valued=
 there for its high glucose and medicinal properties. A tea is made from it=
 which is purportedly anti-pyretic, anti cough, and an expectorant. Long=
 time use is said to "improve liver and strengthen spleen, stimulate spirit=
 and promote flow of saliva", at least that's what is said on the box I=
 purchased in New York City's Chinatown.

>Date:    Tue, 12 Aug 1997 14:45:09 +0000
>From:    Judi duCellier <peojd at SUN.ARS-GRIN.GOV>
>Subject: Gynostemma
>Can anyone tell me what "King Solomon's Seed" is?
>Also, does anyone have any scientific information on the following?
>I found some information on the WWW, but would like to find a
>description of the plant and/or its chemical constituents.
>AMACHAZURA (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) containing Amachazuru saponins
>Judith L. duCellier
>Bldg. 003, Rm. 400, BARC-West
>10300 Baltimore Avenue
>Beltsville, MD  20705-2350
>peojd at

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