Chinese Herbal Remedies – Tonics

The wild tonic herbs found in the mountains were treasured by the emperors of china and they were thought to posses magical powers that brought immortality, martial artists back then thought that they gave them superior strength by which to beat their opponents and women among the royalty took them religiously to help them maintain beauty.

Chinese herbs have been widely used throughout the years for a diverse range of problems and medical conditions with one herb in particular being coveted more than most, Ginseng. Ginseng is perhaps the most illustrious of all tonics and is used throughout the world by people of all ages, unlike many medicinal herbal remedies that target specific illnesses the Chinese herbal tonic is used to enhance the overall general health and can be used on a regular basis.

The Chinese white Ginseng

The Chinese white Ginseng or Panax is the most well known of the Ginseng family and is the one which is used worldwide in tonics. Ginseng is known for its ability to increase the amount of overall energy with its properties enhancing both physical and mental performance particularly at times when we are under stress.

Ginseng is a root and the Panax root is also known for its ability to inhibit cancer cell growth and to help protect cells from oxidative damage. It will also help to alleviate problems brought about due to the menopause as it tones the hormonal system.

It has been used in china for many years treating people who are recovering from heart surgery and many years ago, it found fame as a tonic for men aiding with impotence and to increase low sperm count. Ginseng is rated alongside Ginkgo in popularity in the Chinese herbal remedies of today.

American Ginseng

American ginseng has all the benefits of Chinese but is also beneficial for strengthening the lungs and chest in cases of bronchitis and tuberculosis. It has a cooling effect on the body and is the form which is more widely used in remedies aimed specifically for woman when going through the menopause.

Siberian Ginseng

This root originates from Russia after the Russians sought a cheaper alternative to Ginseng, Russian cosmonauts have used this root to help them get through the rigorous training methods and Olympic athletes have taken advantage of its beneficial effects to help provide them with strength and endurance.


This is often referred to as the poor man’s Ginseng, its properties are very similar to the Chinese ginseng but the results are somewhat milder as it is less stimulating and therefore more suitable for everyday use. It can help to relive discomfort from indigestion, improve fatigue and also helps to lower high blood pressure.

How to prepare Ginseng root

Ginseng is normally taken as a tea or can be taken in pill or capsule forms, to prepare the tea just follow the simple directions outlined below:

* Use 2oz of root for every 4 cups of water.

* Bring the water to a boil with the root in it and simmer for around 1 hour or until 1 to 2 cups of water remain in the pan.

* Drink 1 cup of the warm tea before your meals, adding ginger powder if you wish.

* It is important that you boil the root in glass or enamel, don’t use a metal saucepan as metal will destroy the antioxidants.