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I was stressed when I first had my daughter. There wasn't really any particular reason for my stress but it was just one of those times when a million things were going on at once and it all seemed just that little bit too much. A friend of mine recommended I try some Ginseng to try and relax a little and seeing as I was on the verge of killing the next person who dared say "Can I hold her?" I thought it would be a good idea. And I have always used it since.
After looking up Ginseng and what it was and what it did, I found it to be a Chinese herbal remedy made from a slow growing plant. It helps many deficiencies in the body and can be used to increase mental endurance, increase energy, restore the body's balances when stressed, enhancing sexual desire and also to help the blood circulate around the body but you are supposed to seek medical advice before you use Ginseng for this particular issue if you have any heart problems or history of heart problems.
When looking around for Ginseng, I found that it comes in many different forms - tablets, liquid, tea, powders...I decided to opt for tea as I am awful with tablets. Ginseng as a tea is simple and easy to use. They usually come in tea bag form and it is just a case of sticking it in a mug and adding hot water. It is up to you how you take your tea. You can just drink it straight or you can sweeten it.
I prefer to sweeten Ginseng tea as it has a metallic, copper like taste. I add a good few sugars to it. Ginseng tea is also yellow in appearance which can be a little offputting!
I do find whenever I am stressed, i reached for my faithful Ginseng. It really does work. I always find after drinking a cup of Ginseng, I feel myself starting to calm down and I do feel my body start to relax. Ginseng allows my mind to calm down and allows me to sort out my stress and any irrationality I have going on. It is a really lovely and calming experience.
I have also used Ginseng as a boost when I am feeling run down. It always makes me feel like I have had a little pick me up and a boost of energy. My one issue with Ginseng is I don't know if it is all a trick of the mind - you know where someone has told you that something does a particular job and you believe it will and then it does do that job? Even if I am right and it is a case of mind over matter it wouldn't work without me believing the tea was the cause.
I definately recommend Ginseng as a way of destressing. Ginseng tea bags usually cost between £2-3.
The weeks arfter giving birth I was rather run down and also quite stressed out as well and so I went back to using Ginseng as it had helped me previously when I had been sufferring from stress, once when an injury could have threatened by career and another time following the death of a very close relative, both involved very different emotions but both bought about a certain amount of lethargy and a run down feeling.
Ginseng can be taken in a number of forms such as powder or tablet, I always buy Ginseng tablets from Natures Best a mail order company as they are easy to take and also good value. You can also get Ginseng tea which I have also used and is very good for destressing you, certainly it works really well for me as it gives me a relaxed feeling when I drink it, partly I guess because of the contents but also because having a cuppa is quite a calming experience anyway.
I also find that Ginseng can give me more energy and it certainly gives my body a boost especially when I feel run down, whether or not it is more a case of mind over matter you can never be sure but if it works then I'm not complaining.
As with any supplement you should seek medical advice before taking it especially if you are on any other medications.
On my trip to South Korea a few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit a Ginseng factory/museum. They had these massive ginseng growing (or maybe just displayed) in these tanks were really fascinating, but what is most fascinating about it is the supposed healing properties that it contains.
Ginseng (人蔘- man root) due to its peculiar shape, resembling the legs of a man and comes in a wide range of different products. In Korea, you can buy them whole or sliced, but also comes in the form of powder, tea and in tablet form. We bought a bag of ginseng flavoured sweets while we were there- they were really lovely although I question the health benefits from that form of product.
Here in the UK, you can get ginseng tea which is the form I have most experience with. I am sure you can get them in tablet form from Holland and Barrett or something like that, but I have personally not tried that.
Drinking the tea, it definitely soothes your body and it works fantastically after a long day when you are stressed. It is known to de-stress and also helps with a range of other problems as an aphrodisiac and a stimulant (you do feel more energised after drinking the tea)!
You can purchase ginseng tea in supermarkets and health stores, but I get it in China Town for under £5, I like the Chinese variety and there are several brands to choose from which is great.
Overall, ginseng is lovely in the form of tea and appears to soothe and relax you, allowing you to de-stress. Although tests for the exact benefits are difficult, most people generally find that it is useful in some way. However, do be cautious if you have any medical conditions or are taking other drugs or supplements that you can take ginseng along with it.
Ginseng is a slow growing perennial plant that has been used in herbal medication for many years. You can get american and chinese ginseng and it is the root of the plant that is used in medicines. The root is dried and powdered and used in lots of tablets, energy drinks, teas, potions and capsules.
You can buy Ginseng tablets and capsules from any health shop and they will cost you anything from £2.50 for 60 or upwards depending on whether you buy the tablets or capsules. You can also buy Ginseng teas from the supermarkets ranging from 99p to £2.50 also depending on the brand you choose to buy.
All Ginseng products work in the same way so it doesn't really matter what form you buy or how you take it whether tablet capsule potion or tea, you can benefit from introducing into your diet for giving you energy, stamina and an uplift during a heavy working day.
Ginseng is very good for helping you cope with stress and has antioxidant properties as well as helping with anti-aging, general well-being, internal organ dysfunction, and psychiatric problems.
Although none of the above habe been scientifically proven ginseng still has a great reputation as a healing medicine and is widely used around the world.
It appears to be of benefit for both low and high blood pressure, energizes those suffering from fatigue, and helps calm those prone to stress or nervousness. It also has a reputation for improving mental clarity and memory, enhancing physical stamina, and bolstering the immune system. It is considered a general tonic, strengthening the heart, spleen, liver, lungs, kidneys and pancreas it does appear to work as an aphrodisiac for both males and females, and eases symptoms of erectile dysfunction in some men.
As you can see it is widely used for lots of purposes and ailments and people swear it really makes a difference, personally I drink the herbal ginseng tea and to be honest it does give you a boost within about five minutes of drinking it, it refreshes the mind and helps you focus more clearly and gives you extra energy to carry on with the housework when your lacking a bit after something like spring cleaning.
For me it personally helps to give me a pick me up during the afternoon. I wouldn't drink it at night as it will keep you awake much like having a coffee too late in the day ginseng has the same kind of effect.
If your looking for a boost then this is good to try, I find it helps me.
To make a tea, boil 2 cups of water . Remove from heat. Steep a slice of Ginseng root (or use a ready-made Ginseng tea bag) and cover for at least 5 minutes. Flavor to taste with sugar or honey Makes two cups. Drink a cup 2-3 times per day.
For powdered Ginseng, put two teaspoons in a glass of juice or water and mix well, or use 3 teaspoons in boiling water for a tea. Drink 2-3 glasses of juice or cups of tea per day.
Tablets and capsules can be taken three times a day with food.
GENERAL INFORMATION Korea's oldest export product, Ginseng is revered throughout the Far East as the king of herbal medicines. Koreans regard the herb as a 'cure-all', claiming that it aids against a multitude of ailments ranging from insomnia and toothache right up to the ability to prolong life itself. It is used here-the acknowledged prime source of the world's best Ginseng-as a general tonic, with much symbolic value placed in the appearance of the root itself. For, in resembling the shape of a human body, the Ginseng root is seen as a panacea for most, if not all, human medical problems (the Chinese character for 'Gin' literally translates as 'man').Given the Greek classification of Panax Ginseng in 1843('Pan' means 'all' while 'axos' means 'medicine'),it is widely claimed that this 'miracle' herb aids against the following: Malaria Epilepsy Neurosis Hysteria Anemia Diabetes Fatigue Gastroenteritis In addition, it is widely used to boost energy levels, as an aphrodisiac, to increase blood circulation and as a 'hangover' cure. Known as Insam in Korea, Ginseng comes in two varieties-the cheaper White and the far more expensive Red. While White Ginseng is produced privately, the government maintains a monopoly on the production and sale of Red Ginseng.The herb can be purchased in its raw state, in dried capsules, as tea(in foil packets generally costing about two pounds for 25 White Ginseng packets), as an extract paste or as an ingredient in a variety of products such as sweets, alcohol, soap and cosmetics. Japanese and Chinese tourists buy as much Korean Ginseng as they can get their hands on, although exports are limited to 3kg per person. MY EXPERIENCE Having taken Ginseng Tea(Insam Cha) since I arrived in Korea, I can certainly vouch that it not only increases my alertness, but also raises your body
temperature. While this is a boon in the chilly Korean winter, I learnt to avoid taking any Ginseng during the hot and humid summers here after spending a couple of days dehydrating while teaching. I've also started using Ginseng shower gel which seems to perk me up in the mornings. On the other hand, Ginseng Wine(Insam Ju) is definitely an acquired taste! At the moment I'm drinking the more expensive Red Ginseng tea(Hongsam Cha). A present from a student, this really heats me up and seems to drag the tiredness out of me immediately. Further, my girlfriend's mother is a diabetic and she swears by the stuff, consuming as much as possible. On the other hand,given the fact that Ginseng raises body temperature, I'd advise against taking Ginseng if you have a high body temperature or fever. WHERE TO BUY The Ginseng capital of Korea is undoubtedly the otherwise unremarkable town of Kumsan. With 80% of the antion's supply being collected and marketed here, Kumsan is a true mecca for Ginseng enthusiasts. In addition to the several markets and exhibitions, the town hosts a Ginseng Festival every September. I'd definitely recommend trying Samgye Tang(Ginseng Chicken Soup), which is basically a small chicken stuffed with Ginseng, Jujube, Chestnuts and vegetables served with rice in soup. It costs about four pounds a bowl and is thought to boost a man's virility significantly. Kumsan is best reached via a 40 minute bus ride from Taejon's Tongbu(East) Bus Terminal. Kangwha-do is probably the major site of Ginseng production. This small island located east of Seoul is best reached by taking a bus from the Sinchon terminal in the capital(Get off at Sinchon Station on subway line 2 and take the road running between the Grand Mart Cinema and the Korea Exchange Bank. After 3-4 minutes you'll see a footbridge and a small bus station just to the right. Tickets cost about two pounds, the ride takes around eig
hty minutes.) In Seoul itself, try the northern end of Daongdaemun Market(take the subway to Dongdaemun or Dongdaemun Stadium stations.)
Ginseng is traditionally used to increase energy and Increases mental endurance, it is also known to be used for other benefits such as adjusting the body to stressfull situations and enhancing sexual desire. Ginseng means "root of man" because the root of the plant resembles the shape of a human body. Ginseng has had no serious side effects ever reported and is beleived to be safe for long-term use. I have been taking ginseng for about a year and think it is great, I lead a very hectic life-style with two young children, dashing them to and fro from school to playschool and back again etc. and have found this is a great herb that helps mental and physical alertness. Chinese healers used to prescribe gingseng to normalise blood pressure and improve blood circulation amongst other things. It is also beleived to increase oestrogen levels in women so therefore is recommended for menopusal symtoms caused by a drop in oestrogen production. Ginseng is sold in all health food shops in various forms usually ranging from £4 - £10 It can also be found in most chemists and supermarkets (health section) I rate this product very high and know many people who sware by it.
Ginseng has been used as a Chinese remedy for some 5000 years. It is credited with having many beneficial effects from curing tiredness to being an aphrodisiac, but this later result is probably because it relieves the first symptom. Most commonly it is used as a general tonic or a “pick me up”. Most herbalists would recommend that if you wanted just a general tonic that you should take a months course of 60mg in the form of tablets or capsules. For other illnesses I would recommend that you consult a herbalist. Many GP’s now recognise that ginseng has definite properties as a stimulant and as a general tonc.
Ginseng is an excellent supplement, but you do need to know what you are doing before you rush out and buy some. There is korean ginseng, chinese ginseng, asian ginseng, red ginseng, white ginseng, panax ginseng.... the choise is bewildering. The again, you can get it in powder, root, old root, paste, tablets, tea and liquid. Chinese medecine uses it for diabetes, fatigue, cancer, and a whole range of maladies. The problem is that ginseng consists of ginsenosides. there have been over 30 of these identified, and different ginsengs have different ginsenosides in them. for xeample, one sedates and calms, whilst another stimulates and raises blood pressure. Therefore, if you choose to take this supplement, do make sure you are taking the one right for you.
One of the most important Chinese medicinal herbs used in all deficiency diseases to tonify the lungs and the stomach and strengthen digestion