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Red Korean Ginseng

by on October 16, 2011

Today (October 16, 2011) I bought some Red Korean Ginseng. From Wikipedia: Red ginseng (Korean:홍삼 (hong-sam), simplified Chinese: 红参; traditional Chinese: 紅蔘), is Panax ginseng that has been heated, either through steaming or sun-drying. It is frequently marinated in an herbal brew which results in the root becoming extremely brittle. This version of ginseng is traditionally associated with stimulating sexual function and increasing energy. Red ginseng is always produced from cultivated roots, generally from Korea. In 2002, a preliminary double-blind, crossover study of Korean red ginseng’s effects on impotence reported that it can be an effective alternative for treating male erectile dysfunction. Another study reported red ginseng reduced the relapse of gastric cancer versus control.

Korean Red Ginseng

Other information I found on the web about Red Korean Ginseng. Ginseng has been used as a medicine for over two thousand years. Some people consider the age of the ginseng roots important. In 1976, a 400-year-old root of Manchurian ginseng from the mountains of China reportedly sold for $10,000 per ounce. In Western medicine, Panax ginseng is used as a stimulant to make people more active. But, in contrast, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Panax ginseng is used to make people feel calmer. It is also widely used in China for the heart and blood vessels. Higher doses are generally used in TCM than in Western medicine. Be aware that Panax ginseng products are not always what they claim. The contents of products labeled as containing Panax ginseng can vary greatly. Many contain little or no Panax ginseng.

The effectiveness ratings for GINSENG, PANAX are as follows:

Possibly effective for…
Thinking and memory. Taking Panax ginseng by mouth might improve abstract thinking, mental arithmetic skills, and reaction times in healthy, middle-aged people. Panax ginseng alone does not seem to improve memory, but there is some evidence that a combination of Panax ginseng and ginkgo* leaf extract can improve memory in otherwise healthy people between the ages of 38 and 66. Ok I will try this.

Today I happen to see several ginkgo trees in Tongdosa. The Ginkgo tree is one of the most beautiful trees. See one in autumn if you can.

The Ginkgo tree.

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