In the past, ginseng was a very precious ingredient that only royalty and the rich could afford. Today it is an accessible medicinal ingredient. Many people just go to a pharmacy to buy ginseng because they think it is a tonic. In recent years, some pharmaceutical companies have advertised excessively, confusing people about the effects of the root and this has led to some abuse.
When using products in which ginseng is the only item:
Some products contain only ginseng. Examples are fresh whole ginseng, white ginseng, and some Korean ginseng teas.
The ginseng’s rhizome: Rhizome is also known as the head of a ginseng. The rhizome is not nutritious, it can cause nausea and should be removed before using.
Do not overuse: Many people think that ginseng is a type of tonic, the more we use it the more beneficial it will be. Some drink the tea instead of water, or eat it like candy. Experimental results of modern pharmacology indicate that ginseng’s toxicity is quite low. However, overuse can lead to poisonous effects. Ginseng abuse can cause illness and an overdose can be life-threatening.
Healthy people should not use ginseng: Ginseng contains more than 15 microelements which can help combat fatigue, increase disease resistance, promote the function of male and female gonads, and increase the ability to remember and analyze. However, not everyone can use ginseng. It is good for patients who have problems with vaginal discharge, since it helps strengthen qi in the human body. The ancients said that using ginseng if there is no disease is just like trying to repair a house with no problems. This can damage the house more quickly. Modern clinical observation shows that taking ginseng if you do not have a health problem can cause high blood pressure, dry tongue, constipation, nose bleeds and organ dysfunction.
High blood pressure and atherosclerosis patients should not use products where ginseng is the only ingredient: Ginseng contains substances that avoid separating fat into its constituent parts, such as aspartic acid and arginine. When using ginseng, the process of accumulating fat in some organs and blood vessel walls can be increased, which is dangerous for people with high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.
If you have a cold caused by a virus or bacterial infection, do not use ginseng: Ginseng is good to enhance qi in the body. Therefore, it can make the bad qi hard to release out, which affects the therapeutic result and prolongs the illness. That’s why people who have flu should not use ginseng.
People with acute infectious hepatitis, acute cholecystitis, gallstones, rib cage pain, abdominal pain, or fever should not use ginseng: it will make the gallbladder low in heat, so the qi in the body cannot flow smoothly. In addition, people who have stomach pain, bronchitis, or tuberculosis should not use ginseng because those problems can become worse.
Pregnant women, who have no problem with the body, should not take ginseng: It can lead to difficulty in giving birth. Experts recommend that women should be very careful when using ginseng (or other herbs) during pregnancy. Consuming ginseng and other herbs arbitrarily can make pregnant women bleed, and cause abdominal pain and uterine contractions, factors associated with miscarriage or early labor.
Some pregnant women have been told that sucking on ginseng will improve their health while they are in labor. Physicians advise to avoid taking ginseng for at least the first month of pregnancy. Later, if you want to use ginseng, talk to a specialist.
Do not use ginseng indiscriminately for children: If under 14, ginseng can promote the development of the gonads, which is not good. Ginseng contains panacen, panaquillon, panaxin, and panax sapogenol which can be poisonous, especially for children. Symptoms include crying too often, uncomfortable disturbance, pale face, bruising, convulsions, shortness of breath, slow heartbeat, and vomiting.
Ginseng is only used (usually in combination with other herbs) for children when they have malnutrition, rickets, and body weakness, or after illness, such as suffering from anemia. For children who are physically healthy and not suffering from a pathological condition, there is no need for ginseng. On hot summer days, people think that ginseng is a precious, nutritious and cool medicine. Many parents buy ginseng water or tea for their children to dissipate rash, remove pimples or help them gain weight, but it can harm the child.
It is recommended to avoid metal pots to cook ginseng, which might change its nutritional properties. Using clay pots to cook ginseng is an experience of ancient people that has been respected until today.
Be careful after drinking ginseng:
Do not drink tea, because it will reduce the effects of ginseng. Do not eat radishes or seafood. Radishes have a strong effect on reducing qi while ginseng enhances it. These two things cancel each other out and cause harm to the user. Do not eat radishes and/or seafood after drinking ginseng.
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