Hello, I have been ginseng for a few weeks in TaiwanTCM. I have read about your ginseng experience and would like to share yours. Experience: There is a remarkable difference between the young and the 6-year-old, so I'm only 6 years old, but I did not have a rhyme since I was using it and I had it all year round. In the flu I cooked a dose of two pieces of 6-year-old ginseng, and I did not know about the disease until evening (I can not believe it anymore). Just a great deal of satisfaction, and despite having read about this childhood roots in various travel books, I was surprised that there was really something about it. Yeah, and the increase in blood pressure, especially at a stronger dose, will be something, because I tried it as my first dose, and I was like five cups and a couple of beers - energy-packed. Thank you so far, and with greetings. Valdemar
Hello, Mr. Valdemar!
The effect of ginseng once surprised me just like you. There is nothing to add to your letter, I only offer a few more comments:
Quality of 6-year-old and so-called young ginseng
In Asia, dozens of different types of ginseng are sold. The cheapest is less than CZK 1 per gram, the most expensive one is balanced with gold. Huge differences are also in quality. The so-called Young ginseng (usually 2-4 years old) is mainly used as a food supplement and a cheaper replacement for the 6-year old . For more than 6 years, when ginseng reaches adulthood, it practically never grows because it is very demanding.
Comparison of ginseng and coffee
Caffeine, the active ingredient of coffee, tea, guarana, etc., acts on ADP receptors (adenosine diphosphate). In the short term, it fatigue , increases attention, reduces hunger, increases intestinal mobility , gastric acidity, blood pressure, and causes diarrhea. These effects always have, regardless of the physiological situation of the organism, and therefore can not be classified as adaptogens. In addition, caffeine causes mental and physical habit: After a few days, it stops being effective and caffeine intake several times a day becomes a necessity to simply maintain the normal functioning of the body. After discontinuation for about 5 days, there are opposite phenomena: drowsiness, lethargy, inability to concentrate, uncontrolled hunger, constipation, gastric acid deficiency, reduced pressure, and swelling due to insufficient urine output. These phenomena and interest are repaying what we "borrowed" at the beginning from caffeine. I have also read papers on which caffeine can interfere with nucleotide metabolism and thus interfere with cell division (mitosis). On the other hand, ginseng right belongs to the adaptogens, ie substances that normalize the functioning of the organism, regardless of the direction in which it was disturbed. Adaptogen is a pharmacological ideal - the perfect adaptogen does not exist (just as there is no perfect cure), but ginseng is very close to this ideal. His family name Panax (Carl Linne) gave him totally irony in response to the experience ginseng had British doctors after getting to him through contact with Asia ( Appleby1983grs ).
Try to drain caffeine from your life. Caffeine is addictive , but stopping with it - you only have to suffer five days of drowsiness. As a former longtime caffeine drinker I know what I'm talking about. The main long-term benefit of caffeine is the mitigation of its own withdrawal symptoms. It does not increase mental energy in the long term, it does not improve weight loss, and its potential negative effects may not be the worst blood pressure.
Ginseng in influenza and airway problems
Your use of ginseng for respiratory problems was justified. Ginseng strengthens the immune system , especially against viruses and tumors, but at the same time it dampens the inflammation and activation of mast cells that accompanies the rhythm. Ginseng is the foundation of several highly-popular influenza products . I have to say, however, that despite the hundreds of publications on ginseng's immune system, we still do not understand.