“Cold fx ®TM” is the most popular over-the-counter cold remedy in Canada. If you read the ingredients on the label the active ingredient is ground up dried ginseng which is put in a gelatin pill casing. This product has come under scrutiny lately for poor quality due to an ecoli-related bacteria that contaminated some batches. The American Ginseng is being contaminated when it is being shipped from China because it is laying in dirty containers. Shouldn’t American ginseng be grown and processed here in North America? It is also very expensive costing $70.00!
It is better to make your own Ginseng tincture, it is better quality than pills and more cost-effective. It is all around cheaper and better for you to make your own or buy a ginseng tincture. There are different types of ginseng, the popular types are American ginseng –Panax quinquefolius and Asian ginseng –Panax ginseng that belong to the Genus Panax. American ginseng is more expensive than Asian ginseng, but both are used in similar ways. The research is there to support the amazing actions of Ginseng. The Ginsengs are long-term immune tonics and are adaptogens that help your body adapt to any kind of stress. They are not short-term immune stimulants like Echinacea. It is good to take ginseng to strengthen your immune system, but may not do well in the acute phase in the middle of a cold. It is good to take Ginsengs after a cold or illness to help the body recuperate or as a preventative to help the body adapt to any kind of stress.
See my blog -how to make your own herbal tincture for easy detailed instructions:
DIY Ginseng tinctures:
Other herbs referred to as ginseng
Codonopsis pilosula (poor man’s ginseng)
Schisandra chinensis (five-flavoured berry)
Gynostemma pentaphyllum (southern ginseng, jiaogulan)
Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng)
Pseudostellaria heterophylla (prince ginseng)
Withania somnifera (Indian ginseng, ashwagandha)
Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng, suma)
Lepidium meyenii (Peruvian ginseng, maca)
Oplopanax horridus (Alaskan ginseng)
Angelica sinensis (female ginseng, dong quai)