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Ginseng superstitions

I have already written about how difficult it is to describe the effects of ginseng . A simple description of valid and proven effects can only act as myths and superstitions . Even worse is the praise of the wrong arguments that ginseng is getting. With ginseng, it's like Judaism - unrighteous hymns are very masked by its objective effects. While elsewhere they have problems with people still believing in magic, my relative, a man without any formal scientific education, said, "Ginseng, give this to your wife, you know that I do not believe in such things." I have to look forward to the fact that people doubt us and, rather than fall into the darkness, they will rather wait until they reach their scientifically valid conclusions at their own pace. But I must also emphasize that despite the colorful cultural trail left behind by ginseng over the millennium, the effect of ginseng is not really a question of faith.

Modern mystification is difficult to distinguish

Instructions uncovered magically (I would say the medieval type) will immediately be revealed in their language. He does not deserve as much contempt, but I do not want to discuss it now. Mystication formulated by modern language is worse. It is difficult for them, however, to provide a concrete example. There must necessarily be exaggerated and untrue assertions about ginseng, but it is difficult to distinguish and condemn unambiguously because of the adaptogenic character of the ginseng. To be more specific, I am talking about falsification of scientific results, which is increasingly common in pharmaceutical studies funded by pharmaceutical companies. As for ginseng, I really tried to find him something that would be exaggeratedly praised. But my endeavor only resulted in the discovery of most of the traditional ginseng contraindications as fake .

Something about ginseng in magic

A branched root, sometimes akin to a human figure, is significant in ginseng from the point of view of Asian and European traditions. According to the doctrine of Paracelsus, the healing properties of the plants manifest themselves in their shape (lungs - speckled leaves - lungs, liver - liver, ungulate - leaves reminiscent of kidneys, stinking serpent - aphrodisiacs, etc.). Roots with the shape of a human figure then act "holistically" and enjoy special respect. The most famous of these roots is Mandragora (see Harry Potter ), which ginseng can claim to replace. I remember a family story about how a herbalist (my grandmother, the White Carpathians) cured my grandfather by bathing in the grated root of a common obsession she said she said grows in the garden by the fence (without ever seeing her) and reminded of her shape small child. (They are still there, they deal with chronic illnesses, wailing, love, success, myths, still like Elizabeth Báthory's time, I can do it, if only seriously.) From what I read somewhere, it seems that Chinese ginseng The lines are similar to popular practices common to us, eg smoking against evil spirits, throwing roots behind each other (in the river) to fulfill wishes, etc., but it does not make much sense to write here because there are details like throwing left or right hand, If you can see if they spit and I still have some. Do not try it yourself, without expert guidance at best, you will lose ginseng.

Ginseng in TČM

Traditional Chinese medicine describes ginseng as " jang ", "warm", "sweet" and bitter taste, with regard to meridians of spleen, lungs and heart, strengthening chi spleen and lungs and increasing the production of body juices that relieve thirst, soothe the mind and improve Intelligence. Traditional ginseng medicine indicates lack of qi , fatigue , loss of appetite, diarrhea , shortness of breath, weak pulse, increased poop, diabetes , fever , forgetfulness , insomnia and impotence . The roots of ginseng in the shape of a man are said to have a soul ( chen2008cpe ).

Traditional Chinese medicine has a good social reputation for being particularly talented scientists in Taiwan, especially in Taiwan. Categories like " jin / jang ", "hot / cold", or a special system of meridians of the human body, which is not related to real anatomy, I understand not as a reason to condemn it, but just like our medieval magic just as ad hoc names Space allowing a common pharmacological language regardless of knowledge or ignorance of molecular-physiological mechanisms. Let me repeat once again that, despite all gene engineering, we still do not have a method better than a trial and error method (also known as clinical testing) to predict the side effects of drugs in particular.

| 15.11.2008