Korean Ginseng Tea
What is ginseng?
Ginseng is a plant of the genus Panax well known among herbalists for the root's medicinal use. The name ginseng means "man root," a name given due to the root resembling the shape of a man.
Panax ginseng therapy should not be used if you have:
- high or low blood pressure
- inflammation of brain-nourishing arteries
- bleeding disorder
- diabetes or hypoglycemia
- manic depression
- cancer of breast or uterus
It is wise to consult your physician or health care provider before using any form of ginseng therapy if you have health issues or want to lose weight.
What are the benefits of ginseng?
The ginseng root has been reputed as a blood cleanser and useful in eliminating toxins and mucus from the body. For most herbs, at least six cups (48 fl oz) of tea have to be drunk for a therapeutic effect. When one has a chronic cold, a short course of ginseng therapy can be helpful.
Advocates of ginseng claim the root is useful for the following:
- balancing and increasing energy
- supporting the immune system
- improving brain function
- dieting for weight loss
- as an aphrodisiac
One Type of Freeze Dryer
How are instant teas made?
Instant teas are made from brewed teas. The tea is steeped and then dried with either by air dehydration or freeze drying. The dried particles then dissolve easily in hot or cold water by simply stirring them.
The Korean ginseng instant tea is crystalized using a freeze-dry method to maintain properties closely resembling fresh ginseng. The brewed tea is frozen, then placed into a compartment where the ice is converted directly to a gaseous state by reducing the air pressure within the container.
As an Enjoyable Beverage
Ginseng has a bitter taste. This instant tea product has added glucose.
Reviewer's note: I found the taste of the tea by itself undesirable. With an about a teaspoon of stevia or other sweetener and a tablespoon of orange juice, however, the beverage became quite enjoyable.
Straight from the Packet, Water Only
|Serving size: 1 packet|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 2 g||1%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
More on Health Benefits of Korean Ginseng
A Few Ginseng Terms
adaptogen - an agent known to bring body functions into balance
antioxidant - a substance that slows the breakdown of cells by oxygen
ginsenoside - a steroid-like compound found only in the ginseng species
organic - a method of growing without fertilizers or pesticides in soil where living organisms abide
The Five Most Common Ginsengs
stimulate immune system
aid blood sugar balance
Ginseng can grow nearly anywhere because it tolerates poor soil and temperature extremes. Eleven different true ginsengs can be found on the internet. These vary in potency according to subspecies and location. The Chinese regard Korean ginseng as the best, as it contains the most potent active ingredients. The ginsenoside ingredient is classified into two groups and their subcomponents. Rb1 Group: Rb1, Rb2, Rc, and Rd; Rg1 Group: Re, Rf, Rg1, and Rg2 (Wikipedia "Ginsenoside").
While this article is a product review on instant Korean Ginseng Tea, not only have basic questions been answered about the beverage and its manufacture, but some insight has been presented on traditional uses of ginseng as well.
This "man root" is highly regarded by advocates of alternative medicines because of the root's unique property of ginsenosides, the true ginseng's active ingredients that function as adaptogens, helping the body to bring various bodily functions into balance. When used appropriately, the tea, capsules, or powder can assist with energy, brain function, blood sugar levels, libido, and disease resistance.
As always, certain conditions caution the use of the root in therapeutic doses. In cases of anomalies in blood pressure, blood sugar levels, mental states, and poor blood coagulation, it's best to consult a physician or trusted health care provider.
Credits and Resources
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/siberian-ginseng (Table information)
http://www.livingnaturally.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?storeID=E500FDE33212420DA51DB85BA6C3F8BA&DocID=bottomline-ginseng (Additional table information)
Non-attributed photos are my own work.
© 2013 Marie Flint