Often has the question been asked, “which variety of Ginseng is most beneficial, Siberian or Korean”? It is widely cultivated in Korea, Japan, China and the Ukraine. The therapeutic value of Ginseng has been recorded for 2,000 years, a book published in 960 AD listed more than 500 medicines containing Ginseng. It is most useful in states of health where the energy is depleted and the body functions have become sluggish, thus it is ideal in cases of tiredness, exhaustion, convalescence and older age.
The Ginseng plant is not harvested until the roots are four years old, generally Red Ginseng is considered better than white because only higher quality roots are selected for steaming and the outer peel is left intact. However some white roots, especially top-grade Chinese are superior to Korean Red. It has been found that Red Ginseng has greater efficiency in improving the circulation, prevention of blood clots and improving immune system function.
Studies show the root may improve resistance to adverse environmental factors, counteract damage caused by physical and emotional stress, enhance memory, improve immunity, counteract coronary heart disease associated with angina, lower blood sugar levels and regulate blood pressure.
Research to date concludes that Ginseng is not toxic, however, people who respond to stressful situations with increased nervous tension, eg children and the hyperactive person, would be best off not using the root, in fact, the young should take it for only a three week period. Caffeine should not be ingested whilst taking Ginseng.
To ensure you are purchasing a quality Ginseng, choose a Korean or Chinese imported product which is still in its original packaging. Ginseng tea is practically medicinally ineffective, the thick pastes are the best product, liquid presentation is popular and so too capsules.
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