One of the questions I get asked about a lot is ginseng. And there’s a lot misunderstanding about ginseng. It’s a wonderful herb and you read lots of medical reports and news reports about ginseng, but one thing that confuses people a lot is that there’s different types of ginseng, and depending on which type you take, you may have good or really bad results from it.
So this is a particular form of Chinese ginseng, which we say is very hot. There’s an even hotter form called Korean ginseng, and then there’s a cooling form, known as American ginseng. So for menopausal women who are experiencing hot flashes and nightsweats and may have been recommended ginseng, it’s oftentimes most beneficial to take the American ginseng.
For a person who feels cold and is always bundling up and hates the air conditioning, and is feeling fatigued, the Chinese or the Korean ginseng may be helpful. There’s another one, called eleuthero ginseng that is not really a ginseng, but it’s talked about as if it is, that one is from Siberia, and that particular one we say is more drying ,and all of them provide energy.
So if you’re finding that you’re. . . got a lot of sinus problems and kind phlegmy, the Siberian or Eleuthero ginseng might be the most helpful one for you. So if you’ve had poor results with ginseng before, consult an acupuncturistor an herbalist who can best prescribe it, or think about the different energetics of the different ginsengs. So Chinese and Korean are very hot, American ginseng is cooling, and the Siberian or Eleuthero ginseng is more drying.