16 Surprising Benefits of Ginseng Tea & Its Side Effects

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The health benefits of ginseng tea include a boosted immune system, reduced risk of developing cancer, relief from menstrual problems, and a reduction in obesity. It helps in decreasing mental distress and sexual problems as well.

What is Ginseng Tea?

Ginseng tea is derived from the ginseng plant root. The major health benefits of this tea are due to the naturally occurring chemicals called ‘ginsenosides’ present in the root.

Ginseng tea originated in Korea and was made from a Korean variety of ginseng. The tea has become a popular beverage all over the world as an herbal drink. One serving of this tea (3 g) contains 3g of carbohydrates and 11 calories. The available tea is made from 3 different types of ginseng, all of which are beneficial for human health and vitality. These are:

  • American ginseng: Grows in North America
  • Asian ginseng: Grows in Far East Asia. It is also known as Korean ginseng or Chinese ginseng
  • Siberian ginseng: Grows in Northeast Asia

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Health Benefits of Ginseng Tea

The common health benefits of ginseng tea are as follows:

Anticancer Potential

Ginseng has a potential anti-tumor effect and is often used with other drugs to enhance chemotherapy, according to a report published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2014). However, the Chinese researchers who conducted this study state that future clinically relevant studies are needed to validate the use of ginseng to treat cancer. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, this tea possesses several anti-carcinogenic properties.

Relieves Menstrual Cramps

American ginseng tea is well-known for its cooling effect, and it is recommended for women who suffer from menstrual cramps and distress. It also minimizes the stomach pain associated with menstruation.

Fights Obesity

If you want to shed those extra pounds, ginseng tea would certainly help you in your dietary habits. This herbal tea is popular as a natural appetite suppressant. Consuming it would provide slimness to the body by boosting your metabolism and burning fat at a higher rate.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Asian ginseng tea is a strong beverage and it is very effective for people who have hypotension. This energetic drink keeps you active and on your toes all day long by normalizing your blood pressure and boosting your energy. This tea also helps in preventing fatal strokes.

Improves Brain Function

Ginseng tea is an herbal drink that acts as a stimulant to the brain cells. It improves your concentration power and cognitive capabilities. It is highly recommended for students so they can have improved brain functioning.

Sexual Dysfunction

Men with erectile dysfunction should consume ginseng tea since it lessens the symptoms of sex-related conditions.

Stabilizes Sugar Levels

Ginseng modestly yet significantly improved fasting blood glucose in people with and without diabetes. In order to address the uncertainty in our effect estimates and provide better assessments of ginseng’s anti-diabetic efficacy, larger and longer randomized controlled trials using standardized ginseng preparations are warranted. A study from the Medicine journal shows that ginseng-related therapy exerts better blood sugar levels. Additionally, it could be a better alternative for drug-naïve diabetic patients, rather than as an adjunct therapy in patients on anti-diabetic medications.

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Improves Digestion

Ginseng tea promotes the secretion of pepsin. This aids in better digestion and provides relief from bloating, constipation, flatulence, and Crohn’s disorder.

Relieves Respiratory Issues

Ginseng tea soothes respiratory issues by clearing the blockage and reducing inflammation. It is a great remedy for sinuses, cold, cough, asthma, flu, and pneumonia. It also strengthens the immune system.

Reduces Chronic Pain

The anti-inflammatory properties of ginseng tea cure inflammations such as rheumatoid arthritis as well as chronic pains.

Skin Care

Ginseng maintains the fluid balance in your body and therefore helps in refining and rehydrating the skin. It also lessens pain and injury due to radiation therapy. The antioxidants perform free radical scavenging activity making your skin look younger and healthier. Additionally, it reduces fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.

Purifies Blood

Ginseng tea is mildly diuretic. Thus, it lowers blood toxicity by purifying it.

Relieves Symptoms of ADHD

A combination of ginseng and ginkgo biloba may help provide relief from symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids.

Neuroprotective Effects

The immune-stimulatory, homeostasis, antioxidant, anti-apoptotic properties of ginseng tea can various cognitive disorders. This includes severe neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and dementia too.

Reduces Stress

De-stress yourself with a hot cup of ginseng tea. It helps to pep up your mood by calming the nervous system and improving blood circulation.

How To Make Ginseng Tea? 

Fresh ginseng tea can be easily made at home if you have the medicinal root on hand. Here is a simple recipe that can be made with the fresh root or with ginseng powder.

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Ginseng Tea (Insam Cha) Recipe

A simple recipe to boost your strength and immunity! 
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Tea
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Ginseng Tea, Insam Cha
Appliance: Saucepan, Tea Strainer
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Raksha Hegde

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water filtered
  • 1 piece ginseng root or
  • 1 tbsp ginseng powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional
  • 1 tsp honey optional

Instructions

  • Boil the water in a saucepan. 
  • Wash the ginseng root, peel it, and cut it into 3 slices. 
  • Add the ginseng root pieces or powder to the hot water. 
  • Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea into a cup.
  • Add lemon juice or honey for additional flavor, and enjoy the beverage!
    A white cup of ginseng tea, a white tray of ginseng and kettle on wooden table

Side Effects

The major side effects of ginseng tea include:

  • Insomnia: Certain compounds in ginseng activate the energy levels in the body. If taken at bedtime, it may result in sleeping difficulties. If consumed daily, some people may start showing symptoms of insomnia.
  • Irregular heart rate and blood pressure: Consuming ginseng tea in large amounts for a long period may result in fluctuating heartbeat and increased or decreased blood pressure levels. People on medication for blood pressure should avoid ginseng tea.
  • Blood clots: The tea interferes with the functioning of blood platelets causing blood clots.
  • Hormonal effects: Korean Ginseng tea causes estrogenic effects on the body. This may cause hormonal abnormalities, breast pain, and vaginal bleeding, which may, in some cases, be fatal too.
  • Gastrointestinal issues: It may cause digestive disorders like diarrhea, stomach discomfort, and nausea.
  • Cognitive dysfunction: It can cause headaches, dizziness, nervousness, restlessness, anxiety, and loss of concentration in some people. Further complications may lead to neurological issues, depression, confusion, schizophrenia, and manic episodes.

Note: According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, it is illegal to harvest ginseng roots on most State lands. However, you can buy fresh ginseng root or powder from the market. Korean ginseng root is better suited for cold climates and American ginseng roots are best for summer seasons.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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