Thus, the historical basis for consuming ginseng is still relevant. C., during the early Han Dynasty, was excavated from a tomb in 1973 at Mawangdui, the "mounds of the horse emperor," near Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province in central China.The basic framework of the traditional Chinese culture that is of such interest to the West coalesced around a group of ideas and practices that matured during the period 500 B. This record suggests that the traditional Chinese medical system was still forming at that time, and had not yet reached the relatively consistent set of theories and rules that emerged soon after.Each herb in the Shennong Bencao Jing is described by only a few sentences that, despite their brevity, convey much to the traditional physicians.In order to understand the section on ginseng, one must be familiar with the two basic descriptive categories for herbs in traditional Chinese medicine-nature and taste.For example, the system of meridians, the channels of the human body that became a central component of the acupuncture system, was different at this time.A scroll listing herb formulas found at the burial site, which has been dubbed Wushier Bingfang (Prescriptions for 52 Diseases), reveals that the early Chinese herb formulas usually employed two to three ingredients, compared to the more complex formulas used later, typically containing from six to fifteen herbs.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon The way in which ginseng is used depends on one's understanding of its indications, effects, and proper dosage.Unfortunately, the views expressed in today's popular literature about ginseng rarely reflect either the traditional use of the herb throughout Chinese history or the current consensus of scientific knowledge about ginseng and its active constituents.
Ginseng was originally used as an herbal medicine in ancient China. D.), these critical cultural developments were formalized and the details were recorded for posterity.
Further, research aimed at demonstrating the effectiveness of ginseng for several applications is of varying quality; the results can be misleading if study design and reporting are not critically analyzed before accepting the conclusions offered by the authors.
This article reviews both the traditional use and evolving modern interpretations of ginseng.
Of the thousands of herbs he tasted, 360 were deemed suitable: not too poisonous, but having a nature and taste that would impart medicinal effectiveness.
These were recorded in this text, a translation of which is now available (3).
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