2016-08-15 @ 10:47 CDT
Until very recently, I’ve been drinking coffee and cocoa to help stimulate my brain and body. I decided to quit both and test the effects of something I tried for a while – Korean ginseng – more thoroughly. (The above image comes from here and was found on Google Images.)
The good thing about ginseng – for me – is that it has all of coffee’s ability to stimulate the blood flow without the “high and crash” that comes with caffeine. It’s also good for me to be free of the addictive qualities of coffee.
But while looking for images of ginseng, I found a very thorough article on ginseng by a medical doctor: “Benefits and Dangers of Ginseng“. I thought the link worth preserving and noting here.
Early in his article, Dr. Kumar writes:
The term Ginseng is used to represent over eleven species of various plants. The true benefits of Ginseng may not be widespread among all these species but is specific to a few. It is difficult from commercial labelling to get a sense of which ones represent the true Ginseng potential.
As with many similar herbal remedies, Ginseng falls under the herbal supplement category and its sale is not subject to the same level of research, scrutiny and regulation as pharmaceutical drugs. This allows traders to mix fact with fiction and it gets difficult to seek sensible advice.
It is always useful to have balanced view of the benefits, dangers and potential interactions of these remedies before one decides to take it.
The species represented here (cf. Amazon.com) presumably is Panax ginseng. Korea began cultivating ginseng when worldwide demand outstripped the wild supply.