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Siberian Ginseng And Its Varying Health Benefits

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American ginseng

American Ginseng
XI YANG SHEN

Like its cousin Panax Ginseng, American Ginseng is highly prized throughout China and Asia. The best quality is grown in Wisconsin.

Though it can’t boost Original Qi, it does have other very useful properties. Most notably, this herb strongly nourishes the Yin and generates fluids. People who aredry or hot due to yin or blood deficiency will probably benefit from its properties.

This herb is bitter and slightly sweet in flavor, cold in nature, and acts on the heart, lung and kidney channels. Sweet and cold for invigorating Qi and nourishing Yin, and bitter and cold for clearing heat and fire, as a heat-clearing tonic with tonification as well as purgation, it is indicated for deficiency of Qi and Yin with pathogenic fire.

Both American ginseng root and Panax Ginseng have the effects of invigorating Qi and nourishing Yin and are indicated for deficiency syndrome of Qi and Yin. However, patients with cold of deficiency type in the spleen and stomach are contraindicated to use American ginseng root; while patients with fire of excess type in the interior are contraindicated to use Panax Ginseng which is slightly warm in nature.

Effects: Invigorating Qi, nourishing Yin, clearing heat and promoting the generation of body fluid.


Siberian ginseng

Siberian Ginseng
CI WU JIA

Siberian Ginseng Benefits:
This herb is a mild qi booster that has gained favor in the West, because marketers can sell it as “Ginseng” at inflated prices.
Unlike Panax Ginseng or American Ginseng (which are roots and also hard to cultivate), Siberian Ginseng(Ci Wu Jia) is a cheap and abundant weed that grows in many areas.Two different species are used, eleuthrococis senticosis, and acanthopanax senticosus. Neither is similar in properties to either American or Oriental ginseng. Ginsenosides characteristic of Panax ginseng are not found in the roots of Ci Wu Jia.

Chinese herbalists use the skin of the root of this plant mainly to treat Bi-Syndrome (arthritis).

Pungent and bitter, warm in nature, it acts on liver and kidney channels. Being pungent for dispersing exopathogens, bitter and dry for eliminating dampness, warm for dispersing cold and tonifying liver and kidney, muscles and tendons, the herb is suitable for syndromes of prolonged wind-dampness disease, muscular spasm, deficiency of liver and kidney, asthenia of muscle.

Effects: Expels wind-dampness, tonifying the muscle and bone, promoting diuresis to alleviate edema.

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How to Take Ginseng

Ginseng can be chewed, brewed, swallowed or stewed. No matter if it is taken as a tea, lozenge, pill, powder, or food, it is always best to use a good quality root.

pouring a cup of Chinese tea

Using the dried ginseng root is best. First cut it into dime sized slices. Note: Ginseng will slice easily after it has been warmed in the oven for a few minutes or in the microwave for a few seconds (alternatively, you can buy it already sliced). The slices can now be chewed or brewed. Sucking and swallowing slices of Ginseng provides a quick method of dosage and oral satisfaction. To brew tea with Ginseng, use 3-9 grams per person. Double boiling is preferred. Slow boil herb slices for about one hour, and drink the tea on an empty stomach.

Note that Panax Ginseng is sometimes steamed with aconite or other herbs to enhance its strength. This is called red ginseng. It has a warm nature. Also available is White Ginseng. This is unprocessed Panax Ginseng. Milder White Ginseng is more appropriate when the user has too much heat. Its cooler nature won’t aggravate hot or inflammatory conditions.

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Neal has had long running relationship with Daoism and its health related practices including Chi Gung, Meditation and a interest in its methods of using herbs and food to generate health. He hopes his passion will rub off on you in a positive way.

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