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Ginseng Chinese Medicine

Updated on March 3, 2010

Ginseng Chinese Remedy

Ginseng is used in a lot of Chinese Medicine, for plenty of chinese remedies!
Ginseng is used in a lot of Chinese Medicine, for plenty of chinese remedies!

An Introduction to Ginseng in Chinese Medicine

Ginseng is one of the oldest herbal remedies used in Chinese medicine, and it has remained popular throughout the entire history of China. Ginseng has some brilliant properties, and can help to relieve a wide variety of ailments, some of which we will be going over shortly!

While it is rare to find wild Ginseng, there are huge commercial cultivations which keep the world in good supply of this quality herb. Ginseng can be hugly beneficial in a number of ways, however it does have some side effects too!


How to Prefer Ginseng Remedies

While both the leaves and root of ginseng can be used medicinally, the real strength in ginseng is in the roots. Ginseng can be chewed, brewed in to a tea, stewed, or swallowed.

To slice a ginseng root just warm it up in the oven and then slice it thinly. These slices can be stewed or chewed, or be crushed to be stewed! To stew or boiled for tea you should use 3 to 6 grams per cup of tea you plan to make, that's around 8 slices of Ginseng.

Ginseng is often added to Chinese soups and stir fry, simply throw a few slices of ginseng in to your food for a healthy additive to your meal!

Chinese Medicine Ginseng Remedies

Chinese medicine has used a variety of ginseng remedies and is often classed as an 'adaptogen'. This phrase refers to herbs which naturally increase the bodies resistance to stress, trauma, fatigue and anxiety. These rejuvinating herbs have been used for thousands of years in Chinese remedies for their affect on the human body.

As well as these effect Ginseng is also well known for its use in muscle relaxant properties, stimulation, and as an aphrodisiac for men.

While ginseng might not be ideal as a cure for any particular ailment, Chinese medicine uses ginseng in a wide variety of herbal preperations. It makes for an effective boost in all kinds of areas in the human body, and can help with other herbs to create some very powerful herbal remedies!

The Side Effects of Ginseng

As with all things that can have a positive affect on hte human body, Ginseng does have some side-effects.  Fortunately, It is very hard to overdose on Ginseng, but even normal doses can have undesireable affects.

Side effect of Ginseng can include Insomnia, diarrhea, and headaches. It should also not be taken if you have problems with your blood pressure!

These side effects may seem a little extreme, but they are pretty rare, and they will cease if you stop taking ginseng.

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