Ginseng - the root of life - has long been used in therapy as a natural stimulant acting on the central nervous system, increasing the efficiency of the mind and body, and blood pressure. It is prescribed to lower cholesterol and blood glucose, for better adrenal function.
What is ginseng
Ginseng is a perennial herb of the Araliev family that grows wild in Asia and North America. Since ancient times, its medicinal properties have been known, capable of healing, prolonging life and youth. Translated from Chinese, the word ginseng means "root of life", "root man". All parts of the plant have healing properties, but the root has found great popularity and application in treatment, which itself is very similar to the "little man".
Today, valuable raw materials are mined in natural conditions in limited quantities. Most of the ginseng is grown as a crop in China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, USA, Canada, Australia. In Russia, ginseng grows in the Far East, Altai.
The Koreans were the first to cultivate the plant outside of natural growth.
The plants are cultivated on special shaded plantations (20-30% of sunlight), since ginseng is a shade-loving plant. Roots grow for about 4-6 years. It is by this time that the ginseng roots store the greatest amount of nutrients.
Traditionally, ginseng roots are carefully sorted by size and quality. The price of medicinal raw materials directly depends on this in the future. It is customary to assign the following levels to the roots in descending order of quality and price: “heavenly”, “earthly”, “good” and “cut”. The most expensive root "heavenly" must have a mass of at least 68 g, be transparent to the light, have no holes and resemble a "man" in shape. If the roots are not washed, but treated with steam, then dried, then this raw material is called red ginseng. Due to the preparation method, such roots turn red.
Useful and medicinal properties of ginseng tincture
Ginseng roots contain unique substances necessary for life such as: saponins-glycosides, pectin and tannins, vitamins, resins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, etc.) … All of these substances have a positive effect on health.
Strengthening the immune system is the main indication for prescribing ginseng tincture, both for adults and children. The use of the tincture helps to restore the body's strength after suffering colds, infectious ailments such as acute respiratory infections, acute respiratory viral infections, flu, upper respiratory tract diseases. It is recommended to undergo a course of treatment in autumn and winter, when the body is most susceptible to colds.
Taking ginseng tincture has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. Poor sleep, anxiety, stress, lack of good mood, apathy, poor memory - these symptoms help to eliminate the use of ginseng tincture.
Ginseng tincture effectively helps with diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Ginseng has an effect on the heart, accelerates the frequency of the heart muscle, and raises blood pressure. Therefore, the tincture is often prescribed for hypotonic people, people with low blood pressure and loss of strength. The use of ginseng tincture restores energy, vigor and mood. In addition, it normalizes blood sugar levels, which makes taking such a remedy useful for diabetics. Ginseng lowers cholesterol levels.
Since ancient times, ginseng has been considered a symbol of procreation and procreation. So, after the wedding, a Chinese bride was given a tincture of ginseng root to drink, so that it would be desirable for her husband, so that the family had children.Ginseng contains substances and hormones that have a positive effect on the hormonal background of a woman, helps to conceive a child, safely bear and give birth to a healthy baby. And also to get rid of ailments and inflammatory processes of the female genitourinary system, to cure tumors, polyps.
All the beneficial properties of ginseng also affect the health of the male body. Treatment with tincture of ginseng root improves libido, reduces inflammatory processes in the development of prostate adenoma, prostate cancer, prolongs male health, and allows you to conceive a child at a more mature age.
Often, pediatricians recommend drinking a course of ginseng tincture for children before school in order to better adapt to classes, survive stress and protect the child's body from colds.
Ginseng tincture is taken by athletes so that the body can more easily tolerate increased physical and emotional stress. Bruises, sprains, and injuries heal more easily with ginseng.
The root of life benefits when taken in certain courses to all people who are going to have strong physical activity, including even astronauts and divers.
The regenerating properties of ginseng are known and widely used, which is used after surgery. After operations, wounds and stitches heal faster, and complications rarely occur.
The use of ginseng extract normalizes the thyroid gland and the endocrine system as a whole.
Alcohol tincture of ginseng has anti-inflammatory effects and is used in the treatment of dental and skin problems. So, dissolving one tablespoon of ginseng tincture from a pharmacy in a 200 ml glass of warm water, rinse sore gums and throat. The solution disinfects wounds and cuts on the skin.
Alcohol extract from the roots of ginseng is used in cosmetology, they treat the skin of the body and face, and maintain the health of hair. Rubbing the tincture into the scalp, you can get rid of dandruff and restore damaged and split ends, give them a healthy look and shine.
In China, the roots are traditionally used in cooking, in cooking, and in every home there is practically a tincture of this plant as a panacea for all diseases.
Ginseng tincture, instructions for use
Ginseng tincture sold by pharmacies is an alcohol extract of chopped ginseng roots in a 1:10 ratio. It is a clear yellow liquid with a characteristic aromatic scent of ginseng.
The main indications for the use of alcohol tincture:
- decrease in physical, mental performance;
- stress, irritability, fatigue;
- poor sleep;
- recovery period after operations and serious illnesses.
Contraindications are: sensitivity to ginseng, alcohol. It should be used with caution for the treatment of people with high blood pressure, acute infectious diseases of the liver, kidneys, diseases of epilepsy, alcoholism, as well as diseases of the brain and head trauma. Children under 12 years of age, pregnancy and lactation are also contraindications. Due to the presence of ethyl alcohol in the preparation, it is not recommended for people who drive vehicles.
How to use ginseng tincture
The tincture is taken 2-3 times a day 30-40 minutes before meals.
Adults need from 15 to 20 drops at a time, children over 12 years old - 1 drop of tincture per 1 kg of weight. The drug is used in courses of 30-40 days. Re-treatment is carried out, if necessary, after 2-3 weeks.
In case of an overdose, the following symptoms may occur: dizziness, palpitations, headache, vomiting, nausea, bleeding, increased blood pressure, diarrhea, skin rashes.
The peculiarity of the use of ginseng tincture is that this drug is not a biological supplement to food, is not a vitamin remedy, and it is better to coordinate its intake with the attending physician.It is necessary to use drops in the first half of the day so that insomnia does not occur. The best time for ginseng treatment is considered to be autumn and winter.
Ginseng tincture is produced by pharmaceutical companies in bottles of 30, 50 ml. Instructions for use are always attached to the drug.
Store the tincture in a dark place at a temperature not exceeding 25 ° C. The ideal storage place is the refrigerator. Shelf life of ginseng tincture is 3 years. You can buy the tincture without a prescription.
Natural remedies are analogous to ginseng tincture:
- St. John's wort tincture;
- aralia tincture.
Reviews on the use of ginseng tincture
Most users note the positive properties of this drug on the body. Many hypotonic patients write that ginseng effectively restored strength, vigor, mood, that blood pressure returned to normal, and appetite improved. Others emphasize that after taking the tincture, sleep improved, anxiety and irritability went away, immunity was strengthened, and they began to hurt less. Almost everyone speaks about the natural origin of the tincture, its affordable cost in pharmacies. There are very few reviews of inefficiency. Most attribute this to the fact that this drug does not suit them, and the possibility of a fake is not excluded.