Ginseng, The best known plant used in traditional medicine.
This superfood was discovered in Manchuria around 5000 years ago, which was mainly consumed as a food. It was during China’s Liang Dynasty, around 220 AD, that the benefits of “renshen” (Chinese word for Ginseng) was first recorded. Early Chinese emperors used this root against all kinds of illnesses and even as soap. It was so highly revered, that Chinese emperors paid its weight in gold!
Renshen or “man root” as translated literally, is a Chinese plant that belongs to the Araliaceae family. It is slow –growing with fleshy roots and perennial. They can only be found in certain parts of the globe with a cool climate. The tuber consists of a taproot with two to five lateral roots and small creamy yellow rootlets. The best quality ginger can be collected in the fall after it has grown from 5 to 6 years. They are made either into a steamed and heat-dried root called “Red ginseng” and a naturally dried root called “white ginseng” each with their own unique benefits.
Ginseng root is a powerhouse of health and healing resources that truly benefits the body. It is packed with vitamins C, B1 & B2 and a host of minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, cobalt, barium including enzymes and acids. It also contains starch, resin, saponin, and sugar. This root has a substance known as ginsenosides (panax) that gives out powerful organic effect and they are believed to be the main active element that makes ginseng highly effective. Ginsenosides are similar to cortisone, adrenal cortisols, estrogen and testosterone.
There’s a lot of benefits you can get from ginseng, It is anti-inflammatory, it improves blood sugar level by creating sugar-lowering effects, It’s an effective weight control as it suppresses the appetite, relieves stomach pain caused by menstruation and a potent aphrodisiac, just to name a few. Do you know that Ginseng is an adaptogen? It has an amazing ability to normalize the body’s function during or after stressful situations. Like when the blood pressure shoots up, it will help to adapt and normalize the body’s function.
Ginseng is a wonderful herbal beverage and its side effects is rare, but excessive consumption may cause adverse reactions, like loss of sleep or increased heart rate and blood pressure. Other signs of overdose are confusion, skin rashes, diarrhea and women may suffer from vaginal bleeding and swollen breast. There is not much safety information for pregnant and lactating women so it’s best to avoid it.
Do you want to look young?..Take a daily sip of ginseng tea!
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