Do you know every year thousand tourists visit Korea for this natural healthy food?
Ginseng, also known as Ren Shen, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Korean Medicine for thousands of years as a “tonic” for various ailments. Red Panax Ginseng is the most common form grown in Asia. However, do not confuse it with its counterparts: American ginseng and Eleuthero(Siberian) ginseng; they are not the same.
Korean Panax is used both medicinally and personally around the world. You can gain its benefits in both tea and capsule forms. It is nearly identical to American White Ginseng, but it’s believe red ginseng has more “yang.” You can brew the roots of Red Panax Ginseng to create tonics.
It’s common in herbal medicine. The active ingredient is ginsenosides, which is steroid-like, but not harmful. Each type of ginseng has different properties. Red ginseng is known for its “heating” properties that help with circulation.
One of the most notable benefits of ginseng are that it keeps you looking and feeling young; it energizes you. The elderly, as well as the young, will find these benefits helpful for everyday life. It’s also renowned around the world for helping with libido and stamina, among both men and women.
Research is limited on the subject, but studies have show many key benefits to using the root. Red Panax Ginseng has many benefits including:
- Boosts your immune system; it’s an excellent source of antioxidants
- Great for your cardiovascular/health functions
- Help fight Alzheimer’s by increasing your memory
- Fights fatigue, anxiety, and depression
- Can help with lung cancers, like cystic fibrosis
- May help other cancers, such as breast, liver, ovarian and stomach(studies still needs further research)
Other common uses for Korean ginseng include fever, insomnia, stress and erectile dysfunction. Always consult a physician first if you plan on using ginseng for a condition, especially for pregnant women and children.
What are some of your favorite benefits of ginseng? Next time, I will introduce more about the very famous Korean ginseng village.