Asian Ginseng is the primary qi tonic of Chinese tonic herbalism. Wild ginseng is an elite Shen tonic, revered by Daoists. Ginseng is one of the most famous and valued herbs used by mankind. Panax (Asian) Ginseng is an energy tonic that regulates the human energy system. It helps to regulate and nurture both the central nervous system and the endocrine system.
Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb. It helps a person to adapt to all kinds of stress, and enhances endurance and resilience under stressful conditions. High-quality ginseng tonifies all the systems of the body, but is most specifically tonifying to the spleen and lung functions, the functions that produce Qi in the body.
Wild Ginseng nurtures spiritual power and thus is said to enter the heart meridian. Ginseng contains many active ingredients, but the most important are the saponins called ginsenosides. Ginsenosides specifically improve adaptability and are believed to help build muscle and endurance. Therefore Ginseng is very popular with athletes. Asian Ginseng generally has a “warm” energy.
Most high-quality Ginseng is good for men and women alike. Wild and semi‑wild Ginseng is generally far superior to the cultivated, commercial varieties. Wild Ginseng possesses qualities that cultivated Ginseng does not, and has been a primary herb used by Daoist adepts. The higher the quality, the more Shen (Spirit) a Ginseng root is said to contain. Beware of cheap Ginseng products, because they are often made from immature roots that have imbalanced chemistry. These cheaper Ginseng products account for Ginseng’s unfortunate reputation for increasing tension or for causing headaches, or even high blood pressure. Mature, high-quality Ginseng will not have any side effects.
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