Sunday, January 10, 2021

Herbal drinks: Ginseng

Biological effects of ginseng are due to its anti-inflammatory effects, antineurological effect, hypoglycemia effect. Research has shown that drinking a cup of hot ginseng tea has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Ginseng refers to the root of several species in the plant genus Panax (C.A. Meyer Araliaceae). Among them, Panax ginseng is the most widely used ginseng and is indigenous to the Far East countries (most notably China and Korea).

Other species of the genus Panax include Panax quinquefolius (found in southern Canada and in the United States, cultivated mainly in Wisconsin), Panax japonicus (grown in Japan), and less frequently, Panax pseudoginseng (also called Himalayan Ginseng, Panax Notoginseng or Tien Chi Ginseng, grown in Nepal and eastern Himalayas), and Panax vietnamensis.

Asian ginseng, commonly known as Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng C. A. Meyer), is a perennial herb that has a long history worldwide as a medicinal herb. The main commercially valuable part is the ginseng root, which usually reaches a harvestable stage after 4–6 years of growth. Ginseng has been valued by the Korean people as a Traditional Medicine for at least 2000 years.

The term ‘Panax’ is a combination of two Greek words; pan or 'all' and akos or 'cure', which fully translated means ‘cure all’.

The active ingredients of ginseng are ginsenosides which are also called ginseng saponins. ginseng has been used primarily as a tonic to invigorate week bodies and help the restoration of homeostasis.

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginseng was used to restore ‘yang’ quality and to treat general weakness, deficient qi (chi) patterns, anemia, lack of appetite, nervous agitation, thirst and impotence.

It has been used widely in Korea, China, and Japan as a restorative and antiaging agent in traditional medicine.

Ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, which is thought to increase non-specific resistance to adverse influences such as stress and infection. Traditionally it was used as a tonic to “increase strength, increase blood volume, promote life and appetite, quite the spirit, and give wisdom.” It was generally thought to improve vitality.

In the practice of traditional medicine, ginseng root is considered the most valuable part of the plant. Ginsenosides, which have multiple pharmacological effects, are the most useful and beneficial constituents of ginseng roots.
Herbal drinks: Ginseng

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