Red ginseng in honeyHow do you take Korean Ginseng?

Ginseng is generally taken as a harmony remedy or for health restoration. For specific outcomes, it is preferable to take ginseng usage advice from a qualified Eastern Medicine Practitioner.  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.

  • Korean 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.
  • Taking Korean ginseng in autumn and winter is beneficial.
  • Take at any time in moderation to counter periods of stress or challenge.
  • Healthy  people with a balanced lifestyle will notice the effect of taking ginseng on a regular basis as their immune system and general well being / balance, is usually good to start with. How ever, it will help to keep them healthy.

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.

[title]Ways to take Korean Ginseng[/title]

[title]Ginseng Root v’s Ginseng Powder[/title]
It is a personal thing. You will experience different results depending your initial vitality and health. White ginseng root can be especially strong if steeped in water, to make ginseng tea. I find that the powder is much milder and slower to release active ingredients. It is great if you have been burning the candle at both ends.

Ginseng powder can be:

  • Mixed in smoothies or cooking, unheated honey (personal favourite).
  • Taken in capsule form.

Dried ginseng root is extremely hard and needs to be steeped in water or alcohol to extract the saponins (beneficial ingredients). Whole dried ginseng root is also great to cook with in a simple Korean style, chicken dish.

Heating ginseng over 50°C lowers it’s potency.
[title]Properties of ginseng[/title]
The beneficial properties of Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) are uniquely different.

Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) – Cool by nature.

Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng) – Warm by nature. More stimulating.

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.