Guideline about Ginseng

2020-06-25 23:16:40 |

Ginseng can generate a feeling of health and vitality, and therefore a sense of well-being. @Shutterstock


 

There are many varieties of ginseng grown in different places and many products on sale. So, there might be confusion that people don't know which type of ginseng they should purchase. In fact, there are interesting differences in quality and usage between different varieties and species of the root.

UNDERSTANDING THE THREE MAIN TYPES OF GINSENG

There are three types of ginseng including Oriental Panax ginseng, American Panax quinquefolium, and Russian Eleutherococcus.

Asian ginseng is the classical ginseng about which so much has been written and researched. It is effective and one of the most important of all restorative herbs. It is the ideal stimulating tonic. It shouldn't be taken by people with especially nervous, hyperactive, or "hot" disposition, except for exhaustion, convalescence, or ageing. It is the ginseng to take if your constitution and metabolism tend to be "cool", which increases the risk of degenerative diseases. This ginseng tends to be masculine, which means it may amplify male hormonal qualities. In old age, most people need the "heat" or extra energy provided by this species.

American ginseng is currently as popular among Asians as the native species. It is useful in harmonizing the metabolism and reducing stress. Moreover, it is a yin tonic, quite suitable for people who are highly active, energetic, nervous, or choleric, and who wish to take ginseng for its adaptogenic activity without further stoking their fires. It can be taken by either sex as there are no differences in its male and female qualities according to traditional sources. American ginseng is slightly cooling whereas Asian ginseng is warming which is preferred in cold climates. However, no matter that cooling effect, it can be balanced the cool effect for the warmer effect by adding a bit of ginger in American ginseng preparation.

Russian Eleutherococcus senticosus is a mildly stimulating tonic that restores metabolic energy. It may be good in its adaptogenic effects on blood circulation and metabolism. However, it doesn't have the same effect as a restorative for increasing vitality and well-being as Asian or American ginseng.

SELECTING THE ROOT

Although usually, the larger the root is, the better it is. Grades are a more reliable indication of medicinal value than size. For example, a small root of Heaven grade is better than a large root of Earth grade.

There are some general indications of quality that are worth knowing about besides grades:

Age: The older the root when harvested, the better it is. That is why larger roots are more desirable within each grade.

Density: The root should be very hard. If it is red, it should be glassy and deep in colour.

Taste: The taste of the ginseng root should be rich, strong, and bitter, with an edge of sweetness, If a root is tasteless, don't buy it.

Shape: A good root is straight with intertwined rootlets or branches, sometimes giving it a man-like appearance. Curled roots are of lower quality.

NOTICING THE EFFECTS OF GINSENG

It is a common observation that some people notice the effects of ginseng and others do not. In general, most people notice a stimulation with higher doses, but this depends on whether they are exhausted or not. The more exhausted they are, the more they will notice a return to normal.

During the long-term use of ginseng in lower doses, people may not be conscious of any change because there are enormous constitutional differences in the way people respond. For example, thin people tend to be more sensitive to drugs, or a person on a more frugal diet may notice the effects of ginseng more than a person who eats meat and rich food.

Ginseng can generate a feeling of health and vitality, and therefore a sense of well-being. It also has been shown to protect the body from intoxication by alcohol and other drugs.

 

Reference:

Fulder S. (1996 ). The Ginseng Book: nature's ancient healer. Avery.


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