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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 . Worse still is the boasting of the wrong arguments that ginseng is getting abundantly. 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 own conclusions. But I must also emphasize that despite the varied cultural trail left behind by the ginseng during the millennium, the effect of ginseng is not really a question of faith.

Modern mystification is difficult to distinguish

The instructions, unprejudicely magical (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. Mystification formulated by the modern language is worse. It is hard for them, however, to provide a concrete example. There must necessarily be exaggerated and untrue claims about ginseng, but it is hard to recognize and condemn the ginseng's adaptogenic character. To be more specific, I am talking about the falsification of scientific results, which is increasingly common in pharmaceutical studies funded by pharmaceutical companies. As far as ginseng is concerned, I really tried to find something that would be exaggerated. However, my efforts only resulted in the discovery of most of the traditional ginseng contraindications as fake .

Something about the ginseng in magic

A branched root, sometimes akin to a human figure, is significant for ginseng in terms of both Asian and European traditions. According to the doctrine of Paracelsus, the healing properties of the plants are manifested in their shape (lungs - spotted leaves - lungs, liver-livers - liver, ungulate - leaves reminiscent of kidneys, stinking stinks - aphrodisiacs, etc.). Roots with the shape of a human figure then act "holistically" and enjoy special respect. The most famous of these roots is the mandragor (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 that she said was said to grow in the garden by the fence (without ever seeing her) and to remind her small child. (They are still there, they deal with chronic illnesses, wailing, love, success, myths, still like in the days of Elizabeth Báthory, 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, such as smoking against evil spirits, throwing roots behind each other (in the river) to fulfill wishes, etc., but it does not really make much sense here because there are details like throwing left or right hand, If you can see if they spit and I'm still. 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, lung 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 such a good social reputation that it is especially good for scientists in Taiwan today. 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 for her conviction, but just as with our medieval magic as ad hoc names A space enabling 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 have no method to predict the side effects of drugs, rather than a method of trial and error (also called clinical testing).

| 15.11.2008