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What do you do with Ginseng Roots?

Discussion in 'Health Forum' started by alexd, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    For years now I have seen big barrels of ginseng roots in Chinatown.


    What do they do with them? How do you prepare them? Do you put them in food, or grind them up for tea? What's the scoop?
  2. Liability

    Liability TRIBE Member

    We usually chop the Ginseng into smallish pieces and add to boiling water to make a tea. Good for calming the stomach.
  3. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    How does making tea with the root compare to buying the extracts that come in those little vials I wonder... What is better?

  4. WestsideWax

    WestsideWax TRIBE Promoter

    The vials don't really contain enough of anything to be effective.

    If you want to make tea, go to the Herb Depot on Dundas W. near Huron. Get the red ginseng chips (widely considered to be the most potent form of Panax ginseng - don't bother with Siberian ginseng, which isn't ginseng at all), steep 4 or 5 of them in hot water for 10-15 minutes, then drink up. They'll also recommend that you eat the soggy chips afterward - prepare thy gag reflex.
  5. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the tips! I wondered about those vials...

    Now I wonder how much of that ginseng is grown in toxic soil in China - soil laced with heavy metals!

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