The main health benefits are derived from the roots of the herb. The prepared root is chewed by the sick to recover health, and by the healthy to increase their vitality. The health consequences are:-•
Removes both mental and bodily fatigue•
Cures pulmonary complaints•
Dissolves tumours and prolongs life to a ripe old
Chinese Ginseng is a larger plant, but presents practically the same appearance and habits of growth. In China, both varieties are used particularly for:•
As a habit many people take a decoction of 1/2 oz. of the root, boiled in tea or soup every morning. This protects them from many diseases.
In Western medicine, it is considered a mild stomachic tonic and stimulant, useful in loss of appetite and in digestive affections that arise from mental and nervous exhaustion. Therefore it is suggested in weight loss programs. The basic principle is that when the person consumes the herb there is loss in appetite and so food consumption is reduced. This helps in maintaining the proper calorie count. Once the appetite is lost its easy to control the food intake which is a natural consequence and not something that is forced.
For easy consumption and sale a tincture has been prepared from the genuine Chinese or American root. The roots are dried and then powdered to a coarse powder form. This is covered with five times its weight of alcohol. The mixture is then allowed to stand as such. The conditions for this period are that the bottle should be well corked and stored in a dark, cool place. The bottle should also be shaken twice a day. Thereafter, the tincture is poured off and filtered. The final appearance is a clear, light-lemon colored solution with an odor like the root and a taste at first bitter followed by an acid reaction.