a 10 minute Ginseng Break
(Coffee, Tea, Cola)
(The Herb of Life)
Caffeine is catabolic. It builds energy in the body
but at a heavy price. This is a destructive process
that involves the breakdown of nutrients stored in
the body. In the long run it can wear you out.
Ginseng is anabolic. It builds energy in the
body at the same time increasing health and
vitality. This is a constructive process which
breaks down food into natural sugars which can
easily be used by the body's cells.
Regular caffeine use can produce anxiety. The symptoms
of many coffee drinkers are the same as those of people
under continual stress. Irritability, agitation, nervousness,
rapid breathing, trembling hands and muscle twitches
can all be the result of too much coffee.
Regular Ginseng use has been found to help build
a resistance to stress. Ginseng can help to relieve
the typically overburdened adrenal glands and release
the nervous system from tension.
Mental Dullness: Missing
the morning cup of coffee can bring on the typical
reaction of dullness and languor. Caffeine generally
removes the awareness by draining nerve energy and
causing a crashing energy lag.
Brighter Minds: Much
hopeful research is demonstrating ginseng's ability
to stimulate mental clarity, accuracy and awareness.
Results have included fewer errors at work, better
grades in school, and a general increase in optimism
Kidney Irritation: Why
does your cup of coffee make you have to go to the
bathroom? Prolonged use can agitate the kidneys and
lead to kidney damage. Caffeine also contributes to
the buildup of toxins in the blood.
Boon to Health: The
natural benefit of many herbs, especially ginseng,
is their ability to help cleanse the blood. The
normal function of the kidneys is also to filter
the blood. Because of air, water and food pollution,
your kidneys can use all the help they can get.
coffee causes irritation to the stomach lining and
can contribute by degrees to the destructive pain
of gastric ulcers.
Healing herb: Ginseng
has been shown to aid in the healing process. Traditionally
used as an aid to digestion, it can help restore broken
Heart disease: Rising
blood pressure, higher nervous tension, irregular
heartbeat and the increase in the blood cholesterol
all spell out serious trouble for your heart. All
these are stimulated by the regular use of caffeine.
One study showed a double incidence of coronary heart
attacks among people drinking five cups of coffee
Heart Help: Scientists
have found that ginseng can both help lower blood
pressure in people suffering from high blood pressure
and increase it for those with low blood pressure.
Using ginseng regularly can ease tension and the
resulting strain on the heart. You heart is bound
to be happier for it.
Diabetes and hypoglycemia: These
are both serious and common diseases caused by an
inability of the body's natural mechanism to regulate
sugar in the blood. Coffee can increase the level
of blood sugar in diabetes and lower it in hypoglycemia.
This is exactly what is unwanted and can invite a
blood sugar crisis.
Sugar Control: Using
ginseng has been found helpful for both diabetics
and those suffering from hypoglycemia for its ability
to help regulate sugar levels in the blood. Thus
ginseng works to restore harmony and balance of
Why Ginseng Beats Coffee
usually are very proud of their specialized knowledge. When
it comes to ginseng, however, it seems that some country
folks in Arkansas know even more than scientists.
at least, is how Steven Foster, himself one of the best
known writers on ginseng, sees it. He says that he met some
folks in his adopted home state of Arkansas with such specialized
knowledge that they can recognize genetic variants that
aren't even recorded by scientists.
learned something else from them as well. If you want stamina
and energy, take ginseng. Now, whenever he needs to take
longer trips in his car, you won't see a coffee cup on his
dash, but you will see him chewing on some ginseng root.
is something most Americans want more of. Most take the
sledgehammer approach to getting more. They take substances
that stimulate the central nervous system. Some of them
are caffeine, ephedra, nicotine and amphetamines. The other
approach to energy enhancement is to take a tonic and it's
a different story altogether.
and stimulants appear to be closely related, because they
both provide a boost of energy, however, their effects are
actually quite opposite to each other. How is this possible,
you may ask?
way to understand this is by looking at your finances. Taking
a stimulant is like putting all your purchases on charge
cards until there is no more room on them, leading to the
inevitable financial crash of your bank account.
tonics, however, is comparable to gradually letting your
money work for you in an interest bearing account and continuing
to do so until the interest earned on the account is great
than the amount of money you need for daily living. More
and more Americans are realizing that cutting up their credit
cards is better for them. More and more are also discovering
that for energy enhancement tonic and adaptogenic herbs
are a far better way to go than pumping oneself full with
Caffeine Addicted Nation
overuse of coffee and tea was recognized as a medical condition
in turn-of-the-century-American medical books, says Paul
Berger, author of the excellent book "The Healing Powers
the last hundred years or so, our society has turned to
caffeine consumption as a normal activity, he says, with
some pretty harmful consequences.
of chronic caffeinism include, but are not limited to:
Especially with regard to gastrointestinal
symptoms, caffeine is doing quite a job on our population.
Better and sour belching
If you have any of these symptoms, don't think
that they are unimportant. Over the long run they can really
blow up in your face. Try cutting out caffeine completely
and see if the problems go away. And don't worry that you'll
run out of energy, quite the contrary.
Herbs - The future is here
Tonic herbs, unlike stimulants, do not have
instant effect. It usually take a couple of weeks or more
before their energy building effects are clearly recognizable.
Astragalus, Dong Quai, Asparagus Root, Eleuthero and Schizandra
are some of the more well known tonic herbs and among them,
Ginseng is King.
You won't experience any "crash",
such as you're likely to feel after taking large amounts
of caffeine, or food high in refined sugar, in case that's
one of your "energy-building" habits.
Neither will you have to deal with jitteriness,
anxiety or tension. The general effect of ginseng is to
increase alertness while relaxing tension. This is also
means that you won't have to worry about insomnia. On the
contrary, drinking ginseng tea at night on an empty stomach,
as Mrs. Hsu suggests, will help you sleep better. This is
not true with "Red" Ginseng or with some ginseng
preparations that contain alcohol or other unwanted substances.
So take it from Mrs. Hsu who for more than
20 years has relied upon ginseng for life-giving energy
and health. Drink three cups a day on an empty stomach,
prepared with distilled water and sweetened with honey or
royal jelly to your liking. It will do your body and your
mind a lot of good.
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