Scientifically, known as eleutherococcus senticosus, the Siberian ginseng is a woody shrub, popular for its medicinal qualities. It is native to the flora of the Northeastern regions of the Asian continent. In history, the people of China and Russia commonly used this shrub to treat a variety of medical problems. Although it is known as 'ginseng', this shrub is different in chemical properties in comparison to its cousins such as the American and Asian ginseng. But whatever its chemical components are, they do help in treating, and sometimes, even curing medical ailments.
How to Make Tea from Siberian Ginseng?
- First, you would have to slice the slivers of the root
- Now cut the root into thin slices
- Bring about 3 cups of water to boil. Add the slices to the water, and let them simmer for about 5 minutes. In case you wish to make the tea stronger, then let the roots simmer for some more time
- Strain the tea. You can either drink it warm or cold. You can also add honey to taste.
- It is advisable to store the tea in a refrigerator in case you want to keep for the next day
Benefits of the Tea
- The Siberian ginseng is particularly known for its immune boosting property. And because of this, its tea is helpful in reducing the severity of symptoms of infections such as cold and flu.
- Even severe infections such as that caused by the herpes simplex virus, can be treated with the help of this natural medicine. Certain studies have revealed that drinking the tea or any other form of the Siberian ginseng showed a reduction in the frequency, severity and length of the outbreak of such viral infections.
- One more Siberian ginseng benefit that was observed in people who consumed it regularly, was associated with improved brain function. These people seemed to have enhanced in their memory, and reported to have increased their concentration level, as well.
- Treating the problem of low sperm count, also known as, oligozoospermia, is also listed among the benefits of this woody shrub.
- Diabetics can turn to the use of this tea as a natural remedy for lowering blood sugar levels. The same also aids in lowering cholesterol.
- This product is also popular for its quality to relieve stress caused by both physical and mental exertion.
- People with high blood pressure can receive a great deal of benefits by using the tea made from the Siberian ginseng.
- Besides the tea, extract of this medicinal root has been known to form an important ingredient in many skin care products. This is due to the substance's anti aging effects on the skin.
- People who often drink the tea made of Siberian ginseng, enjoy better stamina and enhanced endurance.
So this was about the benefits that the Siberian ginseng has for the body. However, its use has to be calculated lest, it may give rise to certain side effects such as:
- Increased heart rate
- Dizzy spells
- Pain in the chest
- Interactions with certain drugs that are used for treating heart conditions, those used as blood thinners, and sedatives. Commonly, interaction occur with warfarin, heparin, aspirin or diuretics.
- It is also advisable not to use it in conjunction with other herbs as well
To prepare the Siberian ginseng tea, the root can be availed in raw, dried or powder form from any health food store. Although, the tea made with fresh root is believed to be more potent, the dried roots of the same are no less efficient. To conclude, for expecting or nursing mothers, and for people who are already on medications, it is advisable to consult a health care provider before using this product.