The Korean Anti-Aging Secret
It’s the ultimate romance. When we have it, we have endless energy and vitality. We spend a lot of money to keep it. It’s the focus of social media, of everything that is popular, from YouTube to advertising to film and television.
It’s what most of us remember as the best times of our lives. We worship it. And it really is beautiful. Youth. When we have it, we are so anxious to get age out of it. But before we know it, we want it back. We work out less. We start to get the now infamous “dad bod” or “hip spread.” And our complexion takes on a whole new texture. Gradually, our pores become slightly larger, even without a history of acne. The feel of it changes from tight and smooth to slightly loose. Even more slowly, but very inevitably, it seems there is too much skin for our face, forming hairline creases and wrinkles.
The places that used to show happiness, glee, or love when we smiled, are now fine marks as if sliced with a razor.
So, we run in search of the miracle cure. Isn’t there anything that can smooth out the skin short of surgery?
The Asian Secret of Youth
Asia -- and Korea in particular -- have used a magical secret to maintaining that youthful complexion.
That secret is ginseng.
Variously called the “fountain of youth,” “natural Viagra,” “the miracle elixir,” ginseng has played a central role in Oriental herbal medicine through most of recorded history.
The name “ginseng” is a kind of twist on the word rénshēn that translated meant “man root,” thought to be a reference to so many of the roots resembling the human torso. But the roots of the original word (pun intended) is even more convoluted as the Japanese reading of the Chinese symbols.
About two thousand years ago, Chinese physicians began using and chronicling that use of ginseng in medicine. In about 200 C.E., Chang Chung-Ching wrote of 21 different uses of ginseng in his book, Shang hun-lun (A Treatise on Diseases Caused by Cold).
About 250 years after this, Shen Nung purportedly studied ginseng as a fountain of youth in his Book of Herbs. Emperor Shen Nung is considered to be the father of many Chinese sciences including agriculture, medicine, and acupuncture. The original studies were revised sometime later by T’ao Hung Ching.
While ginseng can be found growing on most continents, it is the Korean wild forest-grown variety that has been proven to have the greatest rejuvenating and healing effects of any other in the world. When dried or cured slowly, the active ingredients in the root are even more potent.
Depending on the way the root is cured, it is white, red, or black, the last being the strongest.
Ginseng in Cosmetics
In recent years, Western cosmetics manufacturers FINALLY realized that one of the most effective weapons in the fight to hold onto youth was right there in ancient Asian medicine! Laboratories around Europe, Asia, and the Americas have studied the benefits and optimum uses of ginseng in skincare and cosmetics.
Several brands now incorporate ginseng, Korean forest-grown black ginseng in particular, in order to maximize the arsenal in the fight against aging skin and wrinkles, including Ginjo’s complete line of skincare products. Thus the name GINjo!!
But the uses of ginseng do not stop with just skincare. We cannot forget that health is not just on the outside. Look for the next installment for the benefits of ginseng on our inner health, as well.