GINSENG: “Asia’s Ultimate Tonic”
Diabetes, Diminishes Stress and Aging, Enhances Memory, Heart Attack Prevention, Immune Stimulant, Learning Productivity, Liver Protection, Physical Stamina, Radiation Therapy
Also Known As: Heal-All, Life Root, Man Root, Root of Immortality, Sang, Seng and Tartar Root
Ginseng is a very popular herb. It has been the subject of more than 1,200 books and scientific pagers. There still remains debates today as to it’s effectiveness and safety. Advocates say ginseng is completely safe and call it the ultimate aphrodisiac tonic. Critics say ginkgo does little except cause hazardous “abuse syndrome.” In China, ginseng is used as a whole body tonic, particularly for the elderly. The Chinese, Japanese and Koreans still consider ginseng one of the best health promoters.
Take great care when selecting ginseng products. Look for products that have roots identified as being 6 years of age and older. It is best if you grow it yourself. Recommendations range from the equivalent of taking 1/2 teaspoon per day. Ginseng comes in capsules, tablets, root powder for teas.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Ginseng is expensive and extremely difficult to grow. Eighty percent is grown in Wisconsin. If you decide to plant ginseng, they must be disinfected in one part of chlorine bleach and nine parts of water for ten minutes. Plant in early autumn with clay or sandy soil, 1/2 inch deep and 6 inches in width. Germination may take up to a year. Harvest after six years.
Problems with ginseng are rare. Side effects are no cause for alarm, but no drug herbal or otherwise should be considered as completely safe. The FDA has regarded ginseng as generally safe.