How to Prepare and Consume Ginseng?

ILHWA Korean Ginseng offers products such as capsules, extracts, tea and honeyed root that can be consumed directly. You don’t have to go through the trouble to prepare ginseng for consumption. However, one of the most common questions that people have is on how to prepare and consume ginseng.

Although ginseng is an oriental medicinal herb, it is used quite a lot in Korean cuisine. Whole ginseng root and ginseng slices are used quite extensively in teas and soups. In fact they can also be chewed on without any preparation. Korean Ginseng capsules and extracts are more popular with the typical customer who does not want to consume uncooked ginseng.

Most oriental people would normally just throw a handful of ginseng slices into a pot of chicken soup and allow it to simmer for a couple of hours. The root will then become soft and is either mashed into the soup or taken out and eaten separately.

Ginseng tea is also a popular method to prepare and consume ginseng. The tea is prepared from whole roots, slices, ginseng tea slivers or tea bags. When the whole root of ginseng is used for cooking, it is usually sliced or broken into smaller pieces so that it doesn’t take too long to cook. To prepare ginseng tea, about 2-3 grams of ginseng per cup is used. It is very simple to prepare ginseng tea. Just add ginseng to hot water, steep for as long as you want depending on how strong a taste you prefer. The longer the slices are simmered, the stronger the taste.

Or you can slow boil for at least an hour and then drink the tea on an empty stomach. The ginseng slices can also be reused quite a few times to prepare tea, and then it can be eaten as well. You can also mix ginseng tea with other types of tea if the taste is not to your liking.

Ginseng root slices easily after being micro-waved for a few seconds or warmed in the oven for a few minutes. The slices can be chewed or brewed.

Ginseng slices are also often added to stir fried vegetables. Ginseng powder can be mixed with flour in baked dishes or simmered in the water while cooking rice.

While cooking, experts advise that metal pots be avoided because they can reduce the effectiveness of anti-oxidants present in ginseng.

Ginseng root is also made into a tincture using alcohol. The ginsenosides present in the ginseng are soluble and preserve well in alcohol. To prepare this, chop ginseng finely or put in the blender with alcohol. Vodka or any clear liquor can be used. The alcohol completely covers the roots and the solution is kept sealed in a glass bottle for more than a month. It is shaken frequently to promote the extraction and after about a month the liquid is strained and can be kept for up to 3 years. For a daily serving, only about half a teaspoon or slightly more is required.

While the prepared products are readily available as capsules, extracts and tea bags are a much easier method to consume ginseng and exactly the same benefits result from it as any other mode of consumption.

By: Ron Knight

About the Author:

Ron Knight is an avid reader of Herbal Medicine. Through his articles he wishes to inform and educate public about herbal treatments for various medical ailments. He believes that natural remedies are the best remedies unless there is no other alternative, and the situation calls for modern allopathic remedies like Ginseng and speaks on how to prepare ginseng and consume ginseng?

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Korean Ginseng FAQ

1. What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is the root of a plant that is considered an elixir in Oriental medicine. The scientific name of ginseng is Panax, which means “cure all” in Latin.  The ginseng root is shaped similar to that of a human body. Known worldwide for its general health enhancing effects on the body and mind, ginseng is a natural way of increasing the quality of human lives through the many positive effects that it provides.

2. What are the benefits of consuming ginseng products?

The main benefit of consuming ginseng products is that it has a positive effect on overall health. Intake of ginseng on a daily basis will help improve metabolism and balance the various bodily functions, bringing about harmony of the mind and body. It helps many biological functions and helps the body build resistance to various diseases by strengthening the immune system.

3. How does ginseng promote health?

The almost magical ability of ginseng to cure the body of various ailments is due to the presence of ginsenosides, which is the active ingredient in the ginseng root. Ginsenosides have been proven to have strong positive effects on human metabolism, improving vitality, mental capacity and increasing strength and stamina. Fatigue and debilitating effects of senility are negated. Ginsenosides are adaptogens, they encourage the body to adapt to biological stress naturally, and Korean ginseng is among the best sources of ginsenosides in the world.

4. What is Korean Ginseng?

Korean ginseng is a particular strain of ginseng that is cultivated in Korea and is considered the superior variety among all types of ginseng. Studies conducted on Korean ginseng have made observations stating that it improves stamina and performance as well as reflex times in older people. It has highly beneficial effects on mood and energy levels by consuming recommended amounts.

5. Why should I consume ILHWA Korean Ginseng products?

ILHWA Korean Ginseng is considered the most effective of all ginseng varieties available in the market.

Korean Ginseng contains minerals, vitamins, amino acids, essential oils and enzymes. Korean Ginseng root takes a longer time to mature and therefore contains more active ingredients than any other variety of ginseng. It contains thrice the amount of ginsenosides than any other ginseng varieties. That makes it an incredible source of nutrients for the human body.

Korean Ginseng has positive effects not only on the body but also on the mind. It improves brain activity and promotes psychological health by a mechanism that fuels and calms the mind.

6. What is the scientific, biological reason for the health benefits of Korean ginseng?

Ginsenosides are the active ingredients of Korean ginseng. They are phytochemicals that are like steroids, and possess adaptogenic properties which help the body counter stress. The glycosides present in ginseng act on the adrenal glands, preventing adrenal hypertrophy and excess corticosteroid production which is usually the natural response to stress.

Panaxtriol, a steroid contained in Korean ginseng is very similar to the anabolic steroids found naturally in the body, thus making it ideal for athletes and body builders.

Ginsenosides also increase neurotransmitter activity and protein synthesis in the brain. It improves blood circulation in the brain cells by stimulating formation of blood vessels.This, in turn, leads to better blood circulation in the brain resulting in improved memory and cognitive abilities. Ginseng is also effective in treating diabetes, infections, migraine, and reducing the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

By: Ron Knight

About the Author:

Ron Knight is an avid reader of Herbal Medicine. Through his articles he wishes to inform and educate public about herbal treatments for various medical ailments. He believes that natural remedies are the best remedies unless there is no other alternative, and the situation calls for modern allopathic remedies like Ginseng.

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