When I was in my 40’s, a friend of mine came by to sell me a very expensive item she believed would do my health a lot of good. I wasn’t sick but I wanted to help her out so I bought the Red Korean Ginseng Extract. I was impressed that it came in a wooden box like a treasure with a little bitty spoon used for measuring into a cup of tea. It didn’t taste bad, but it was not the typical taste of tea. After a month of drinking the ginseng tea, I noticed my pee came with what looked like red sand that settled at the bottom. I don’t eat or drink sand so I believe the ‘red sand’ could be kidney or bladder stones that the ginseng disintegrated and expelled.
Twenty years later, I came across the effects of ginseng on dialysis patients from Kidney Disease Symptoms, which sort of supports my theory on the ‘red sand’. It says ginseng can:
“1. Lower high creatinine level - Creatinine level is one common blood test item that will increase with the decline of kidney function.
2. Regulate blood pressure - Kidneys have the function of keeping fluid and sodium balance and secreting renin. When they are damaged, they fail to work normally. Ginseng is one famous nourishing medicine that is able to regulate blood pressure and restore cardiac function.
3. Improve hematopoietic and platelet function - In addition to cleanse blood, making EPO, which stimulates the body to produce red blood cells, is another important renal function. Ginseng or its extractive has the effects of protecting and stimulating hematopoietic function, so as to increase red blood cells, hemoglobin and platelet. This can alleviate renal patients’ anemia largely.
4. Boost immune system - In this case, ginseng can help improve their immunity and fight against various problems.” (WARNING: People with foreign body implanted such as pacemaker, stent, graft, shunt or transplant should ask for doctor's approval before drinking ginseng. Raised immunity could result in rejection or blood clotting.)
“Ginseng may help with stimulating physical and mental activity among people who are weak and tired. A Mayo Clinic study revealed that ginseng showed good results in helping cancer patients with fatigue.” (From: MNT)
Recently, I found Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea from Lucky. I remembered the ginseng in the wooden box. I tried it and after a week of drinking this tea with ginseng, I felt incredible energy. That weekend, I attended an all-day convention in Cow Palace which ended at 5:00 pm. The sun sets at 8:00 pm here in San Francisco so I had time to clean two cars, carrying the buckets of water from inside the house to our street parking. WOW!