The amazing properties of ginseng
Many of us, for sure, have heard it more than once, and, perhaps, have come across such a medicinal plant as ginseng. But not everyone knows what a rich stock of useful properties it has, especially if you learn how to use it correctly.
Ginseng is a herbaceous perennial plant, which for a long time enjoyed great popularity in eastern medicine. The life span of ginseng can be about 100 years, naturally, the older the plant, the more powerful medicinal properties it possesses.
Outwardly, it resembles a small shrub with greenish leaves and the same flowers that appear during its flowering period. In early autumn, instead of flowers, small red fruits appear, within which seeds ripen.
Virtually all the useful properties of ginseng are concentrated directly in its root, which, by the way, has a very unusual shape resembling a human silhouette. Probably, it was this fact that formed the basis of its name, which literally translates “man-root” from Chinese.
It is remarkable that in the people this amazing shrub always was called by loud and reassuring names: "the root of life", "the impact of immortality" and so on. And it is not surprising, because the ancient Chinese sages argued that ginseng root is not only able to heal various ailments and ailments, but even breathe life into a dying person!
Such extraordinary powers of a medicinal plant provoked a real “ginseng fever”, as a result, the Chinese forests, in which ginseng was harvested for millennia, were depleted and depleted.
Currently, the main habitats of wild ginseng are Primorsky and Khabarovsk, as well as China, Korea and Manchuria. As we have already said, the older the plant, the larger and more valuable the root, from which, in fact, various tinctures of ginseng and other medicinal preparations are prepared.
It is believed that this plant gains sufficient healing power only 25-30 years after planting, however, 5-8-year-old roots are dug out among the people.It is noteworthy, but in Russia, ginseng is listed in the Red Book, and, therefore, its preparation can be made only under license.
In the process of harvesting, the upper part of the plant is cut, the roots are doused with hot water vapor, and then dried for several months. Thus, they get real red ginseng root, which can then be stored for many years.
It is the complex and rich chemical composition of ginseng that causes a large number of its healing properties. It can be said that almost every one of them has been well studied, however, even such unique compounds are found in the composition of ginseng, the effect of which on the human body has not yet been fully revealed.
For example, it has long been known that it is this plant that prolongs a person’s life quite well, with regular intake, ginseng simply does not allow it to age, while not having any side effects. But what component is the key to longevity is not known for sure, although there are some assumptions.
Its root contains a large number of useful micro and macro elements, among which are potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and also manganese, zinc, iron, molybdenum and many others.In addition, the composition of ginseng includes: oleic, linoleic, palmitic and other acids, saponins, pectic substances, starch, ascorbic acid, tar, and physiologically active substances.
We can not say about the relatively high content of vitamin C, as well as individual members of group B. Together, they form a unique ensemble of biologically active components, which help not only to heal the human body, but also to return to its former youth.
On the healing properties of this unique plant were folded real legends, ginseng was described in ancient Chinese writings, from which, by the way, it became known that he was really able to get rid of many ailments.
In modern medicine, the use of ginseng remains at a high level: from it create drugs that strengthen memory and blood vessels, as well as the stabilizing functions of blood formation and the cardiovascular system.
It should also be noted that this plant can improve eyesight, have a sedative effect on the nervous system, which is why, by the way, it is often prescribed to treat depression and neurosis.
Drugs based on it are prescribed in the treatment of Botkin's disease, they improve the secretion of bile, and also contribute to the rapid healing of ulcers and wounds. One of the most famous applications of ginseng is the treatment of male problems.
Due to its special properties and composition, this plant has a general curative effect on men, and also improves their sexual function, improving sperm motility. For the effect to be really real, the treatment must last for about 2 months.
The most common drugs, which are made on the basis of ginseng root, are its tinctures. They are wine or vodka, it is usually consumed half an hour before meals at a dosage of 30-50 drops 2-3 times a day. Such tinctures are unique medicines that help to cope with physical and moral fatigue, neurosis and psychosis.
They are able not only to have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, but also to eliminate the general weakness of the body. In addition, tincture of ginseng helps get rid of high cholesterol in the blood, helps with vegetative-vascular dystonia, and also has a tonic and tonic effect.
Another unique remedy is ginseng extract.This drug is effective for hypotension, is used to increase weakened immunity, and also helps to concentrate memory and attention.
It is effective for excessive mental stress, and is also able to restore the body after serious diseases. Also on sale you can find herbal tea based on it, ginseng in granules and tablets, which are made on the basis of the components obtained from the processing of ginseng root.
Despite the fact that this medicinal plant has a wide range of beneficial properties, it should be noted that ginseng-based preparations also have a certain list of contraindications.
- First of all, before starting treatment with it, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
- Also, we should not forget that drugs based on it are contraindicated for people with hypertension, and they should not be taken during an acute exacerbation of an infectious disease.
- Ginseng is not recommended to use during pregnancy, in addition, it can provoke some side effects: headache, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting.