Traditional Chinese Name: 旗參海底椰理氣降火湯 (Qí cān hǎi dǐ yē lǐ qì jiàng huǒ tāng)
This soup is great for reducing internal heat where you may have sore throat, canker/cold sores, sore muscles (from the fire in your bones) and overall heatiness in your body. It’s not actually particular to any season, but more to a condition of the body caused by illness or circumstances. It is healing for the throat, lungs and respiratory system and eliminates unwanted heat.
Ingredient Name: Ginseng, American ginseng, panax ginseng
Traditional Chinese Name: 花旗參 (Huā qí cān)
What is this?
The brownish-beige ginseng is commonly grown in the United States (hence the name)
It produces a strong bitter, “golden” flavor
This ginseng is available in various forms such as whole, shredded, powdered, and in teabags
American ginseng is said to be a cooling agent
Ginseng is used in Chinese herbal medicine, soups, stews, stuffed in foods, as tablets, in skin care products, teas, desserts and many other uses
How do I prepare it?
Rinse in warm water before usage
Where can I buy this?
High quality American ginseng can be purchased from your local herbalist
It is sometimes also available in Asian supermarkets in both shreds or whole
What is the cost?
The cost of American ginseng varies depending on the size, age and rarity of the Ginseng species
Ginseng is said to promote blood circulation, prevent fatigue and strengthen the body’s immune system
American ginseng is said to aid in menopausal women with “hot flashes” and help regulate menstruation and reduce PMS (although not to be taken during menstruation as it is cooling and will cause contractions)
It is also a good fever reducing agent
This type of ginseng also helps in loosening a dry, hacking cough
Mixed with honey and hot water, it makes for a great sore throat “tea” as it is soothing and helps cool the body and throat
Not recommended for people with weak stomachs
Use in moderation
American ginseng is a cooling ingredient and should be taken with precaution during pregnancy and during menstruation
As it is cooling, reported side effects are headache and insomnia
Be sure to purchase ginseng from a reputable source as there are often replicas and lower grade ginseng sold at a higher price
Store in a dry and cool place
Ginseng can be stored for many years
Some very expensive ginseng are kept as a whole root (the bigger, the better) and stored in a liquid to preserve it
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