Southern Ginseng (Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is regarded as a ginseng based on its composition.
The herb Gynostemma pentaphyllum is botanically unrelated to Panax ginseng and other species of ginseng, but has some similar compounds (e.g., ginsenosides).
Saponins similar to ginseng are also found in it. Gingenosides and other saponins similar to ginseng are collectively known as gypenosides. This herbal adaptogen is standardized with these main active principles.
A few years ago, Gynostemma pentaphyllum was mainly used in northern Vietnam and southern China's mountainous regions. The plant is known as the "immortality herb" because residents of Guizhou Province, where herbal teas made from the plant are regularly consumed, are believed to live unusually long lives.