Herb: Ginseng

Feeling tired? Have a cup of ginseng tea to perk you up...

*Do not take ginseng without consulting your doctor. This can be very dangerous.

Ginseng is a root herb that works on many parts of your body. That is why it can be used as a quick pick-me-up. Ginseng is beneficial for the lungs, spleen, stomach, heart and mind. It has so many general therapeutic qualities that it is included as an ingredient in almost all Chinese herbal formulae brews and medicines.

Ginseng is a qi tonic herb. This means that it increases internal body heat and warms up your chest and diaphragm. You will have a feeling of fullness. Ginseng is taken together with other herbs that harness the qi quality. Too much unused internal body heat may harm the stomach and spleen so other herbs are consumed together with ginseng to regulate the action of ginseng's qi.

Ginseng is a quick remedy for many common ailments but it can't be consumed regularly or continuously as it can cause headache, insomnia and high blood pressure.

Ginseng as a quick pick-me-up remedy is easy to use. Just soak a few slices of the root in boiling hot water and let its essence seep out. Drinking this ginseng tea soothes your physical fatigue. This remedy can be used by people from all walks of life.

Ginseng as a tonic is consumed in a more concentrated form. You can get ginseng tonic in many forms. Go shopping for ginseng and you'll discover which suits your needs by consulting with the herbal practitioner who sells the ginseng. You need to discuss your health concerns and other courses of medication before you start taking ginseng tonic.

Ginseng is a quick remedy for improving mental fatigue. It uplifts depression, perks up memory and other mental capacities. Ginseng can be used by the elderly to help their mental abilities as this category of people tend to be afflicted with mental degeneration problems like Alzheimer's Disease.

If you feel stressed, relax with a hot brew of ginseng tea. Take it straight or sweetened with a little honey or sugar at hand.

Even expectant mums take ginseng to improve their blood circulation. For this category of users, ginseng is recommended only once weekly to avoid overloading the body at this delicate stage.

There are 4 main types of ginseng available. The type to use depends on your needs. It is best to consult a herbal practitioner to find out which type of ginseng is suitable for you.

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