I started drinking jiaogulan 6 months ago because of a friend’s recommendation. I was skeptical because I’ve taken a number of different herbs and supplements in the past and never felt any tangible effects, but decided to give it a try anyway as my friend did seem to love it.
I didn’t feel any different during the first week, but I did have more regular and bigger bowel movement than usual. The second week I noticed that I was getting involuntary erections at night, which was odd because this hadn’t happened in many years (I’m 38).
In the following weeks I started noticing a subtle but tangible feeling of being more energized, yet calm and more focused. The stress at my engineering job was the same, but I felt it was affecting me less.
I also started feeling less tired at the gym, and found I could lift heavier weights (or more reps for same weight) than I used to before.
Another thing is that I usually have a cold sore outbreak once or twice per year, and it would last for at least a couple of weeks and would get pretty funky, which is extremely annoying and embarrassing. Not sure why, but since I started drinking jiaogulan I’ve been having more outbreaks – 3 in the past 6 months already, which is way more than usual.
However, the cold sores would barely form, and would disappear within 2-3 days max, which has never happened before! I’m guessing this is because of the immune system boosting effect of the herb?
Finally, before starting to drink jiaogulan I had a strange buldge on the lower right part of my abdomen. It would come and go (something to do with the intestines), and would usually form in the evening after a meal.
Not sure what was causing it as I never went to have it checked by my doctor (it wasn’t painful and wasn’t really bothering me), but after about a couple of months of jiaogulan it completely disappeared and hasn’t been back..
Overall, I highly recommend this herb because it really seems to have positive effects on me and my friend who recommended it. Michael K. from Canada