This man-looking root funnily enough is the medical mascot of men’s health and longevity- its scientific name Panax Ginseng stands for ‘cure all’ in Greek and ‘essence of earth in shape of a man’ in Chinese respectively. It is the star herb ever since the establishment of herbal medicine in the Orient. Ginseng is referred to as an adaptogen due to its remarkable ability in assisting the body to adapt to stress, consequently removing the possibility of imbalance occurrence.
There are many different varieties of Ginseng including Korean, Siberian and American Ginseng as well as some sub-categories of Ginseng such as black, purple, prince’s ginseng grown in China. Different types provide different benefits, some stronger, others weaker but the Korean Ginseng is renown for its highest quality and powerful health benefits. The most powerful of Ginsengs can be more than 100 years old, costing a fortune (price can rise up to £70, 000)!
Thankfully the health benefits of Ginseng are well known and wide-spread, making high quality Ginseng for medicinal consumption possible on a global level. Ginseng can be used by anyone for everything and the following are some of the many health benefits:
- Antioxidant properties
- Immune system
- Circulation and cardiovascular support
- Regulates blood sugar level
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces bad LDL cholesterol
- Prevents depression and promotes wellbeing
- Supports women going through menopause
- Supports both male and female reproductive systems
- Stimulates sexual desire
- Regulates vision and hearing
- Stimulates both mental and physical performance
- Supports functioning of the endocrine system
As soon as I arrived in South Korea my priority was to visit the Seoul herbal museum and market to experience and witness locals selling fresh Ginseng along with thousands of other medicinal herbs, roots, animals, stones and even deer horns! In Europe we only get to see the packed finished product version of Ginseng available at the pharmacies. It was such an authentic and eye-opening experience that I am sharing with you today!