“Q: Is jiaogulan addicting?
A: No. It is not addicting at all. Although it adjusts the function of the central nervous system, calming the brain when it is irritated, exciting it when it is depressed, it is neither a central nervous stimulant nor a sedative.”
This is taken from the instructive FAQ section of the book Jiaogulan: China’s “Immortality” Herb which, as you may have gathered, is kind of like our Bible around here!
Perhaps you could call us “jiaogulan evangelists” on that front. In any case, I bring up this quote about jiaogulan addiction for one simple reason: I haven’t had a cup of jiaogulan for 2 weeks!
Now, if this were some kind of designer drug we were talking about, for instance, that preceding sentence would be especially concerning.
Maybe I’d be writhing on the floor in fits of delirium, drenched in sweat.
This entry would probably be a little different!
But as you’ve gathered from the above outtake, jiaogulan is not addicting, and nothing could be further from the truth.
Since when have medicinal herbs ever inflicted withdrawal symptoms on people, anyway?
Sure, there are herbs that can be potentially harmful to humans, but the ones that are beneficial are rarely anything but that–beneficial.
Of course, that’s not to say I haven’t missed having a steaming cup of jiaogulan in the morning.
I’m very much looking forward to my next shipment!
Another thing you often hear is “Well, what are the side effects of jiaogulan?”
I would personally make the argument that “side effects” are more a phenomenon of pharmacy drugs than they are of curative herbs, but I suppose it IS a fair question.
Blumert & Liu, the authors of our jiaogulan Bible, note that at heroic dosages this climbing vine can cause nausea and...frequent bowel movements.
Yeah, that’s about it.
I’ve never had a heroic dose of jiaogulan, but it’s true that jiaogulan does stimulate bowel activity, especially if you practice a healthy and balanced diet.
This herb makes sure that anything superfluous to your body’s functioning is escorted out in a timely manner.
We’re not talking the intensity of a colon cleanse, of course, but it does ensure regularity.
I have a fast metabolism, so this might be more noticeable to others.
Something I have realized during this dry period is how great jiaogulan is for getting to sleep.
I’m usually a deep sleeper, but there are some nights where my mind is so busy that I struggle in drifting off.
Whenever I had a cup about 30 minutes before going to bed, it was like my drowsiness was activated, and all I had to do was surrender to it. It was almost like an express lullaby, if that makes any sense.
So have I lost any sleep over being without my jiaogulan?
Well, there have certainly been nights where I would’ve preferred getting to sleep faster!
Actually, how about I do my own Q&A to summarize?
Q: Are you addicted to jiaogulan?
Q: Do you anticipate ever going this long without jiaogulan again?
Q: What if I told you I have some jiaogulan in the kitchen?
A: Don’t play with me!
There you have it. See you in a couple cups!