What is ginseng?
Ginseng is a plant of the genus Panax well known among herbalists for the root's medicinal use. The name ginseng means "man root," a name given due to the root resembling the shape of a man.
Panax ginseng therapy should not be used if you have:
- high or low blood pressure
- inflammation of brain-nourishing arteries
- bleeding disorder
- diabetes or hypoglycemia
- manic depression
- cancer of breast or uterus
It is wise to consult your physician or health care provider before using any form of ginseng therapy if you have health issues or want to lose weight.
What are the benefits of ginseng?
The ginseng root has been reputed as a blood cleanser and useful in eliminating toxins and mucus from the body. For most herbs, at least six cups (48 fl oz) of tea have to be drunk for a therapeutic effect. When one has a chronic cold, a short course of ginseng therapy can be helpful.
Advocates of ginseng claim the root is useful for the following:
- balancing and increasing energy
- supporting the immune system
- improving brain function
- dieting for weight loss
- as an aphrodisiac
One Type of Freeze Dryer
How are instant teas made?
Instant teas are made from brewed teas. The tea is steeped and then dried with either by air dehydration or freeze drying. The dried particles then dissolve easily in hot or cold water by simply stirring them.
The Korean ginseng instant tea is crystalized using a freeze-dry method to maintain properties closely resembling fresh ginseng. The brewed tea is frozen, then placed into a compartment where the ice is converted directly to a gaseous state by reducing the air pressure within the container.
As an Enjoyable Beverage
Ginseng has a bitter taste. This instant tea product has added glucose.
Reviewer's note: I found the taste of the tea by itself undesirable. With an about a teaspoon of stevia or other sweetener and a tablespoon of orange juice, however, the beverage became quite enjoyable.
Straight from the Packet, Water Only
More on Health Benefits of Korean Ginseng
A Few Ginseng Terms
adaptogen - an agent known to bring body functions into balance
antioxidant - a substance that slows the breakdown of cells by oxygen
ginsenoside - a steroid-like compound found only in the ginseng species
organic - a method of growing without fertilizers or pesticides in soil where living organisms abide
The Five Most Common Ginsengs
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stimulate immune system
aid blood sugar balance
Ginseng can grow nearly anywhere because it tolerates poor soil and temperature extremes. Eleven different true ginsengs can be found on the internet. These vary in potency according to subspecies and location. The Chinese regard Korean ginseng as the best, as it contains the most potent active ingredients. The ginsenoside ingredient is classified into two groups and their subcomponents. Rb1 Group: Rb1, Rb2, Rc, and Rd; Rg1 Group: Re, Rf, Rg1, and Rg2 (Wikipedia "Ginsenoside").
While this article is a product review on instant Korean Ginseng Tea, not only have basic questions been answered about the beverage and its manufacture, but some insight has been presented on traditional uses of ginseng as well.
This "man root" is highly regarded by advocates of alternative medicines because of the root's unique property of ginsenosides, the true ginseng's active ingredients that function as adaptogens, helping the body to bring various bodily functions into balance. When used appropriately, the tea, capsules, or powder can assist with energy, brain function, blood sugar levels, libido, and disease resistance.
As always, certain conditions caution the use of the root in therapeutic doses. In cases of anomalies in blood pressure, blood sugar levels, mental states, and poor blood coagulation, it's best to consult a physician or trusted health care provider.
Credits and Resources
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/siberian-ginseng (Table information)
http://www.livingnaturally.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?storeID=E500FDE33212420DA51DB85BA6C3F8BA&DocID=bottomline-ginseng (Additional table information)
Non-attributed photos are my own work.
© 2013 Marie Flint
Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on August 20, 2019:
Denise, as I am not a herbalist per se nor a practicing health adivsor, I cannot answer your question with authority. I do know, however, that this particular herb, a spice really, as it is from the root, is contraindicated in large doses for those with high blood pressure, according to online research.
If you have your blood pressure under control, small amounts (1-2 cups) of ginseng tea in any given day should not be a concern. Therapeutic dosages run six (6) cups per day.
If you're not sure, do consult your healthcare provider or a master herbalist.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 14, 2019:
So if I have high blood pressure, does that mean I should not drink the tea? I would have thought the tea was okay.
JG11Bravo on November 18, 2013:
I really adore green tea. I can't say as I've tried specifically Korean tea, but if I see it I'll certainly pick it up now. Voting up.
Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 12, 2013:
Thank you, readers, for taking the time to read this article. Special thanks to those who voted this "up."
JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 12, 2013:
I am a coffe lover but i have also tried this. I do agree that they offer certain benefits. Though the effect may be different from person to person but surely it does work.
Eiddwen from Wales on November 08, 2013:
Interesting and very useful. Thanks for sharing and voted up.
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on November 06, 2013:
Forty-eight ounces! No wonder ginseng tea didn't do anything for me. Thanks for the information, Marie. Voted up
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 05, 2013:
An education on ginseng. Most times, all you hear is "It's good for you." You taught us how and why. Thank you.
Dil Vil from India on November 04, 2013:
Never heard of this, good informative and useful as well. thank you :) VOTED UP and Useful.
Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 04, 2013:
I happened to start drinking this tea simply because my daughter has had a couple of boxes on her kitchen shelf and is not using them. As I mentioned in this hub, I found the tea rather distasteful but add a bit of orange juice and a little stevia to make it quite palatable. I'm not drinking it for therapy but did notice an improvement in my sinuses after drinking a couple of cups.
Freeze drying, from my understanding, is superior to other dehydration methods because it preserves the freshness of the produce. So, the crystalline character of this particular product is going to have a significant antioxidant benefit.
I found it interesting that on another YouTube video, one lady swore that Siberian ginseng was the best ginseng of all the ginsengs worldwide. The doctor in the video presentation herein claims otherwise. And, according to the active ingredient research, Siberian ginseng is actually not a true ginseng, inasmuch as it has eleutherosides as opposed to ginsenosides, the unique active ingredient of true ginseng.
I don't alarm myself with the description "steroid-like," either. I personally dislike steroids; however, when something is "like" something, it means the effects are similar without the side effects of which the product is being compared.
I'll undoubtedly finish the tea. With only ten packets per box, I can drink a non-therapeutic level of two cups a day and be done with the ginseng in ten days, hardly a problem in comparison to the three-month caution advised by practitioners.
Prince of Peace Enterprises Inc., the distributor of this instant tea, is a Chinese-American company claiming to strive for the purest products. So, I feel pretty good about that.
I hope you've enjoyed this article and found it informational and helpful.