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Monday, June 4, 2018

Ginseng for Longevity

As you continue to age, taking ginseng is a must. For thousands of years, most centenarians all over the world have consumed ginseng. It is the elixir of life for seniors.

The King of Herbs

Ginseng is the king of herbs in the herbal kingdom due to its holistic-healing potency. In other words, it treats the body as a whole. As such, it is used to keep your body balanced and healthy, in particular in your golden years. 

In Chinese medicine, balance and harmony holds the key to wellness and recuperation. Ginseng, with its branched roots in the shape resembling that of the human form, is called “man root” in Chinese. The word “ginseng” literally means crystallization of the essence of the earth, “shen”, in the form of a man, ”jen.” The name itself attests to the importance of ginseng among herbs, especially in Chinese health and healing.

The potency of ginseng has long been recognized in Eastern cultures. In fact, as far back as 1800 B.C., ginseng was declared in the East as the king of herbs among more than 200 superior herbs recognized as “medical wisdom” for balancing and harmonizing the body for overall health.  Ginseng for the golden years is the wisdom in successful aging.

Ginseng is the essence of health. According to Chinese medicine, it brightens your eyes, opens your heart, enlightens your brain, and strengthens your soul and spirit. These are the attributes of healthy aging in the golden years. For centuries, ginseng has been present in many classical prescriptions for adjustive, preventive, and restorative purposes.

Ginseng is also a potent short-term stimulant that does no harm. It stimulates your nervous system and increases your reflex. In ancient times, Chinese soldiers used to carry ginseng to the battlefield, using it not only to restore strength, but also to ameliorate the effects of shock and stress in battles. It is quite common practice for Chinese to give ginseng root to those on their deathbed to provide adequate strength to be able to receive their family and arrange their after-death affairs before dying.

In space exploration, the Russian astronauts considered ginseng a better stimulant than the amphetamines used by the American counterparts, because ginseng enhances performance without the hangover effects of amphetamines. 

Nowadays, Soviet coaches and trainers have long used ginseng to enhance the performance of athletes in training, even for Olympic games. The Chinese even purportedly used runners to determine the quality of ginseng by asking two men to run a race biting a piece of ginger root in the mouth, and the one who did not display any body fatigue would attest to the authenticity of the ginseng root. Similar research studies were conducted in the Soviet Union and other countries worldwide to confirm the potency of ginseng as a short-term stimulant.

As strong evidence of its efficacy as a medicinal herb, wild ginseng can be worth thousands of dollars in price. If stored in a tight container, ginseng can retain its potency indefinitely. Today, ginseng is widely grown in different parts of the world. However, wild ginseng is still exclusively sought.

Even in the West, ginseng has been well respected as a medicinal herb. Many American tribes used ginseng for childbirth, fever, aches and pain. In fact, ginseng was listed in the official book of medicine, the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, in the 19th Century as a stimulant and a digestive aid.

Ginseng is safer and more effective than synthetic drugs or vitamins available on the nutrition market today.

Take ginseng regularly in your golden years to retard aging. In addition to providing energy needed for old age, ginseng prevents disabling disorders, such as arthritis, and heart diseases.

As one ages, the stiffness of joints and inflexibility of muscles are contributing factors to falling, which is the Number One killer among the elderly. The more one is afraid to fall, the more one is prone to falling. Ginseng for the golden years may indirectly prevent falling in your senior years.

Stephen Lau
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