The Magic of Ginseng

My wife often cooks with ginseng. She slices the ginseng thin and it goes into the wok with what she is cooking—tofu, cabbage, edamame, Bok Choy, etc.  Ginseng is a dried root that the Chinese believed possesses magical powers because it’s shaped sort of like a little person.


The Chinese use Ginseng as a powerful herbal medicine too. At one time, modern scientists rejected these claims, but recent research shows it does help the body resist illness and heal damage caused by stress by stimulating the immune system. Since I only eat food my wife cooks with ginseng, I’ve never taken the herb for its healing properties but I love what it does for flavor.

Records in China show that ginseng was used as an herbal medicine over 3,000 years ago and in cooking as far back as 5,000 years. Chinese emperors valued Ginseng enough to pay for the herb with its weight in gold.  In America, ginseng was also used by several North American Indian nations. Source: Ancient Ginseng History

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning My Splendid Concubine and writes The Soulful Veteran and Crazy Normal.

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6 Responses to The Magic of Ginseng

  1. Harvey says:

    Thank you for this information in Ginseng. I think I’m going to try home made Ginseng tea.

  2. […] The Magic of Ginseng « iLook China […]

    • I would agree with the other comments that I saw on your site. It isn’t the tea. It may be the Ginseng. My wife told me once not to take too much Ginseng because it could cause problems like nose bleeds, etc.

      Your mother’s reaction could also be due to mixing Ginseng with one of her medications.

      As an example, there’s another herb that scientific studies show helps memory. I can’t recall the name. It’s sold over the counter. I took it for awhile but it gave me horrible headaches, which was one of the possible, rare side effects so I quit taking it. Have your mother stop taking the Ginsing to see what happens.

      I’ve read that is the way to test for reactions to food allergies and reactions from herbs. Remove one at a time for a week or so and see what happens. Eventually, you may discover the cause.

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