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Ginseng Tea: Uses, Preparation and Types of Ginseng Tea
What is Ginseng Tea?
Ginseng tea is a stimulating drink or beverage derived from a perennial plant root called Ginseng. The tea is made from the plant’s root or cutting from any part of the tree. The tea is considered very notorious and has a lot of health benefits. Ginseng is found in cool climates, mostly in Eastern Asia and Northern American parts of Korea, Bhutan, Northern China and Eastern Siberia. Despite its numerous nutritional benefits, the tea is not recommended for children, pregnant and lactating mothers. Further, those taking the tea should avoid taking it for longer periods. It is recommended to be taken into breaks.
How Ginseng Tea Affects our Health
- The tea has both healing and curative properties. These benefits of the tea include; menstrual problem relief, reducing the risk of getting cancer, improving digestive system, reducing obesity, boosting the immune system, improving physical and mental distress, good for arthritis, asthma and sexual problems.
- It also has a soothing and relaxing effect on the body. With its overall benefits the ginseng tea helps improve the overall health and well being of an individual. It is important to note that different types of ginseng tea have different benefits. This will be discussed later.
- Although ginseng tea has a lot of benefits, prolonged consumptions can lead to various side effects. Despite the tea being herbal remedy, people are advised to consult their doctors before starting to take the tea. A good doctor will help recommended the best way of taking the tea. The most severe effect that should be monitored and reported immediately to a physician is heart issues and sleeplessness.
Other side effects include; heaviness in the chest, high blood pressure, rapid heart palpitations, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, abdominal pains, agitation, dizziness, bloating, diarrhea, edema, rashes mostly in the face. It is recommended that consumption of the tea should be stopped immediately one experiences these side effects. However, one should visit the physician to find out if the tea is the cause of these side effects or if there is another underlying factor.
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How to prepare Ginseng Tea
There are two ways of preparing ginseng tea. The first one is pouring boiling water into 5 slices of ginseng root and letting it steep for 5 minutes. The duration of steeping will depend on the person’s concentration preference.
The second procedure for preparing ginseng tea is boiling 3 cups of water, adding the 5 slices of ginseng, simmering for 15 minutes, straining and cooling. The tea can either be served warm or cold as iced tea.
The tea has a sweet taste but a bitter after taste and therefore it is recommended to use honey for the taste. It is also important to note that ginseng can also be in form of power. In case one is suing the powdered roots the measure will be a spoonful.
Types of Ginseng Tea
There are various types of ginseng tea; they are Asian, Siberian, American, Wild American and Japanese ginseng tea. Some of the most common ginseng tea types include:
Japanese Ginseng Tea
It is found in Japan and also known as Panax japonicum. It is relatively cheaper than other teas because it has less health benefits. In Japan it is usually found in small doses in energy drinks or herbal teas for that matter.
American Ginseng Tea
It is also known as panax quinquefolius found in eastern North America mainly in Southern Ontario, Georgia and Wisconsin. Currently, the plant is also grown in China. It is known for its cooling effects to the body. This effect helps in giving energy endurance to the body and recommended for people in a fast paced or stress full environment. Young women who suffer from distress and cramps during their menstrual period are advised to use this tea. It also helps to reduce the abdominal pain associated with menstruation.
Wild American Ginseng Tea
It is also known as Panax quinquefolius. It one of the tea’s that has numerous benefits to the body. These include; used by diabetes patients as it helps in regulating blood glucose, it has anti inflammatory effect, helps the prevention of colds and flu, it help in supporting the immune system and helps reduce cancer by fighting cancer cells .
Siberian Ginseng Tea
Despite being classified as a ginseng, it is not a true ginseng but related to the ginseng group. It does not have the ginseng root properties but it has chemicals that work as the ginsenosides. It is mainly found in China and Russia. It mainly used in the reduction of herpes simplex virus and also prevention of colds and flu. It has side effects that include; nervousness, mood changes and drowsiness. The side effects are known to disappear with time but in case they persist and get worse it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately.
Asian (Korean) Ginseng Tea
Asian ginseng tea is made from a combination of Chinese and Korean sources. It is also known as Panax ginseng. It is mainly used for mental issues. The ginseng tea is mainly used to improve thinking and concentration, help with memory, improve physical stamina, used to help in male erectile dysfunctions.
Korean tea helps in the general improvement of a person’s well being. Improvement of thinking, concentration and physical stamina helps one to have endurance and work effectively. Therefore, it is mainly recommended for people suffering from depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Panax ginseng also has curative properties and is recommended for the treatment of various diseases like breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, skin cancer, anaemia, diabetes, stomach inflammation, fever, asthma and for people suffering from cystic fibrosis a disease that affects the lungs.