As a kid I go into the mountains of western Pennsylvania and hunt wild ginseng with my father! We would look for the red berries and then dig up the roots which were shaped like a man. We then placed the roots in cigar boxes and about a year later would send our supply to an address in New York. ( what was a pound in weight shrank dried to a few ounces) I waited anxiously for our check to come in the mail and sure enough a few days later we received our check with a thank you note. The money wasn’t great, but dad said it would buy quite a few ice cream cones!
My father said someday we would find our mother lode of ginseng and be filthy rich! He went on to say uncle Russel never had a real job in his life and made his living making moonshine and hunting ginseng! My mother would not allow me to visit uncle Russel since she thought his influence was bad. I couldn’t imagine what was bad about a man who had pigs and chickens in his house and would take my father down in the basement, where he would pour a gallon of dandelion wine then reach in the oversized freezer and hand over poached deer steaks and hamburger shot from his own farm He also was growing ginseng behind the old shed and always showed me his prize ginseng plants with their bright red berries.
In oriental countries Korean Red Ginseng has been specially used as a precious gift among royal families, a Korean Red Ginseng is a health food which can be enjoyed anywhere.
The Chinese have been using ginseng for over 5000 years. They composed the name ginseng from two words meaning “Man Plant” from its frequent likeness to the human form. It was later given the botanical name Panax derived from the Greek for All Healing or Cure All and related to the word Panacea. It comes as a surprise to most North Americans that the variety of ginseng native to this continent, known as Panax quinquefolium L., has been used by our native peoples in a similar fashion as their Asian cousins who use panax ginseng. Ginseng and all of its products are made from 100% pure whole root.
Ginseng has been the most highly respected herb since ancient times by both Chinese and Native American herbalists. As known by these ancient healers, this herb seems to help the mind and body to be in balance.
Ginseng is one of nature’s greatest gifts. It is used to increase physical and mental endurance, boost energy, normalize body functions, reduce cholesterol, and prevent cancer. Traditionally, ginseng has been used to enhance sexual desire, by promoting sex hormone production. Ginseng supports the natural balance of your body to combat fatigue and strengthens and protects your nervous system.
Now modern research has demonstrated that over 28 therapeutic elements (ginsenosides) are in this vitamin rich plant. Recent research shows that regular use of Ginseng is helpful in the treatment of memory loss (Alzheimer’s), balance of blood sugar levels (Diabetes), slowing down the aging process, helping the immune system, etc.
The benefits of long-term usage of ginseng have been realized by the North American and European populations only since the late 1960s. As awareness of ginseng’s properties steadily increase, so does its popularity. Ginseng’s value is mainly as a preventative. It should be taken over a long period of time to stimulate rejuvenation and virility. Indications are the best long-term benefits are achieved with a dosage of between 500 and 1500 mg (milligrams) per day. For therapeutic use, a dosage of 2000 mg per day is recommended.
Ginseng may be effective for treating colds, coughs, rheumatism, neuralgia, gout, diabetes, anemia insomnia, stress, headache, backache and double vision. Women find it helpful in normalizing menstruation and easing childbirth. In an experiment study in Eastern Europe, ginseng was used effectively as a mouth was against Periodontal Disease which is a progressive destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth. Ginseng also counteracts the effects of physical and emotional stress, enhances memory, counteracts fatigue without caffeine, and improves stamina.
Medically, ginseng stimulates the immune system, by spurring the production of the body’s own virus fighting chemicals, helps reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, has anti-clotting effects, reducing risk of arterial blood clots, helps control diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels, is known as an antioxidant, preventing the cumulative cell damage researchers believe cumulate in cancer, protects the liver from the effects of drug, alcohol and toxins, minimizes cell damage from radiation, and increases intestinal absorption of nutrients.
There are two distinct types of ginseng grown in the world, American ginseng (white or yellow in color) and Asiatic ginseng (red color). They claim that American ginseng has a cooling quality on the body versus a heating quality for Asiatic ginseng. The traditional Ying and Yang if you will.
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QUOTE: “Ginseng strengthens the heart and nervous system. It builds general mental and physical vitality and resistance to disease by strengthening and stimulating the endocrine glands that control all basic physiological processes including the metabolism of vitamins and minerals. Soviet researchers report that ginseng normalizes the level of arterial pressure and is effective in the treatment of both hypertension and hypotension.”
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), true ginsengs are considered the most valuable and potent for lengthening life and promoting vitality.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Ginseng seeds! One of quickest ways to make a million dollars is to begin your own ginseng farm.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Use Korean Red Ginseng daily to help build your immune system and for longevity!
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