Korean ginseng tea is made from the root of the Panax ginseng plant. The root is also known as Chinese ginseng or reu shen. Ginseng has been used for over 5,000 years as a wonder drug, and is thought to be both a preventative and a cure-all. Science has shown that the root contains steroidal components that may be useful for sexual and hormonal disorders. The tea may also be effective in combating fatigue, sharpening mental acuity, and supporting the immune system.
To make Korean ginseng tea, shaved bits of the root are combined with hot water. The root is left to steep in the water for 10 minutes, and then strained out. The liquid is then ready to drink. Ginseng is often combined with green tea, in tea bags, but it is possible to purchase 100% ginseng tea bags, or as a loose tea in tins.
The root contains steroidal glycosides which are fat soluble sugar compounds. The most important component of these glycosides, and they are unique to Panax ginseng, are the ginsenosides. Ginsenosides are thought to be responsible for many of the benefits that ginseng can offer as a dietary supplement.
Korean ginseng tea, when consumed on a daily basis, is thought to aid digestion and combat stress. In terms of digestive issues, the tea is said to help alleviate symptoms of Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also very useful to combat physical and emotional stress, as both can cause immune and digestive system issues.
By ingesting Korean ginseng tea, patients may be able to improve their immune systems, as well as their resistance to stress. While helping to relieve the effects of stress, the tea can also boost mental acuity and concentration. Many parents with children who suffer from attention deficit disorder (ADHD) have found the tea can help improve a child's focus.
Ginseng is also believed to be an aphrodisiac. It has been proposed that it can improve a man’s libido due to the hormonal qualities of some of its components. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction may also benefit from drinking the tea daily. Researchers have tested the sperm of men who adhere to a daily dosage of Korean ginseng tea, and have discovered that their sperm counts are higher than those of similar men who did not drink the tea.
The supplement is relatively safe and no negative side effects have been reported. People who have hypertension and women who are pregnant should avoid high doses, and should consult with a medical professional before taking any herbal supplements. When taking Korean ginseng tea, it is a good idea to avoid other stimulants like coffee, tea, and colas, because the combination can cause insomnia. The tea should not be consumed prior to going to sleep for the same reason.