Oklahomans have found adding Ginseng to their diet offers a delicious method for health maintenance throughout the entire year. Oklahomans believe being supportive of one’s health generates a happier life. A diversity of Ginseng tea blend is available from different brands including Tao, The Republic of Tea and Celestial Seasonings. In Oklahoma City Ginseng can be purchased at Crest, Whole Foods Market and the Health Food Center.
There is more than one type of Ginseng: Eleuthero, Panax Ginseng, Panax pseudoginseng and American Ginseng. Each of these is a different kind, yet healthy to drink as a tea or use in food as an herb. Ginseng has been used throughout the centuries for its healthful properties.
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), a different plant type from other Ginsengs, is native to the Taiga region of the Far East: southeastern part of Russia and northern China. It is primarily used for maintaining overall health (per MDidea). Studies completed in Russia suggest this is great for enhancing memory and strengthening the immune system (per E-How). This particular Ginseng commonly can be found in tea blends with Panax Ginseng and Green Tea (per labels found on a variety of tea blends in numerous Oklahoma City and surrounding areas stores).
Panax Ginseng (Japanese Ginseng and White Ginseng) is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This Ginseng is widely used in China to make people feel calmer, and for health maintenance for the heart and blood vessels. Panax Ginseng is known for interacting with prescribed medication (per WebMD). It is highly recommended before ingesting Panax Ginseng to consult with one’s primary physician to ensure medicinal compatibility. Reading the ingredients on product labels to see which Ginseng is used is highly suggested.
Panax pseudoginseng (Himalayan Ginseng) comes from China. It is mostly used to stop or slow down bleeding. Panax pseudoginseng can be used for pain relief, swelling reduction, plus lowering in cholesterol and blood pressure. It is further used to alleviate chest pain, strokes, dizziness and sore throat. In combination with seven herbs (eight counting this one), Panax pseudoginseng has been used for prostate cancer treatment (per WebMD).
American Ginseng (sometimes listed as an ingredient in the US as Ginseng), indigenous to eastern North America (per Wikipedia). Like Panax Ginseng this Ginseng belongs to the genus Panax (same plant family, looks similar to each other). Native Americans commonly used the root of the plant as a stimulant and for treating headaches, fever, indigestion plus infertility (per University of Maryland Medical Center).
Even though there is no scientific evidence supporting Ginseng relieves stress, it does have antioxidants and has been proven healthful. Many love the mild flavor of Ginseng; however each type tastes slightly different. Numerous Oklahomans claim Ginseng tastes best as a tea with honey added. Ginseng can be taken anytime of the day; should not interfere with one’s sleep pattern if taken at night. Adding Ginseng tea or using it as an herb in a meal can deliver a wholesome variety in one’s diet. Enjoy the day!