probably seen him on PBS specials, on the cover of Newsweek
magazine, or have heard him speak on talk radio programs.
his recent book, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Weil
brings to life the wisdom of the ancient Chinese healing
arts. Dr. Weil points out that there are 3 major categories
of traditional Chinese medicine: Superior, middle, and
inferior remedies. The inferior ones have effects on specific
conditions, while the superior ones have a generalized
effect on the body. The Chinese hold these superior remedies
in high regard as panacea, with ginseng considered by
them as the greatest panacea of all.
Weil explains that "... the genus Panax [the scientific
name for Korean ginseng] takes its name from Panacea,
a minor Greek goddess of healing, whose name translates
as All-Heal; the plant was given that name by Chinese
doctors who believed that its root is good for everything.
I recommend ginseng frequently to people with low vitality
or weakness due to chronic illness or old age. Most people
who try it, report that they are happy with its effects
and plan to continue to take it." 1
is full of biologically active compounds called ginsenosides.
Dr. Weil adds that these ginsenosides "...could certainly
account for many of the effects attributed to this root:its
positive effect on the metabolism of the skin, its tendency
to give people more energy, more sexual vigor, and more
knowing that ginseng has these wonderful properties does
not automatically provide you with improved health and
longevity. You need to find the brand of ginseng that
is the best quality. That's why Mrs. Hsu has been using
IL HWA brand of Korean Panax ginseng for the past 20 years
- it is far superior to the other brands.
some today, and find out why so many consider it a panacea
for whatever ails them!
1. Weil, Andrew. * Weeks
to Optimum Health, Knopf. 1997.