The taste of Korean Ginseng
Unique and pleasant aroma, slightly bitter taste.
Taking Korean Ginseng
Ginseng is generally taken as a harmony remedy or for health restoration. It is preferable to take ginseng usage advice from someone qualified and skilled such as an Eastern Medicine Practitioner. This may not be always possible. Some general principles like those discussed by Stephen Fulder PHD in his book, ‘The Book of Ginseng and other Chinese herbs for vitality’, are worth considering.
- Ginseng should be taken in courses of approximately one month’s duration, then stop taking it for for at least two months, unless you are aged or chronically sick.
- Take ginseng in autumn and winter.
- Can be used at any time to counter periods of stress or challenge, but should not be done too frequently or for more than two days running.
- Healthy, young people will not gain much benefit from taking ginseng on a regular basis.
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General accepted dosage (as per the manufacturers recommendations)
- 2 grams of root/ powder per day.
- Half doses are recommended for children 10 to 15 years.
Ways to take Korean Ginseng
- Preparing tonics or extracts.
- Powder can be sprinkled on food to taste.
- Ginseng mixed with honey.
- In cooking.
Caution if taking Korean Ginseng.
- Although it is regarded as perfectly safe to take ginseng, you should consult with your physician if you have a serious pre-existing condition, or are on medication. Ginseng can block the effects of certain medications. It should not be taken with stimulants (including coffee) or antipsychotic drugs or during treatment with hormones.
- People who are highly energetic, nervous, tense, hysteric, manic or schizophrenic should not take ginseng.
- Ginseng should not be taken during acute illness, fevers or any disease with ‘heating’ symptoms.
- Ginseng is not recommended if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or for children under 10yrs.