Saturday, August 23, 2008
Ginseng Ju also called "Insamju" or "Insam ju" is basically ginseng wine which is the fruit of months or years of patience. Dating back to Chosun dynasty, ginseng ju has been consumed for many purposes. Ginseng was used for Chinese and Korean medicine as an ingredient to nourish body organs and to increase stamina especially for men. Both American and Panax (Asian) ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants, and in the treatment of type II diabetes, including sexual dysfunction in men. A 2002 study by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (published in the annals of the New York Academy of Sciences) found that in laboratory animals, both Asian and American forms of ginseng enhance libido and copulatory performance. These effects of ginseng may not be due to changes in hormone secretion, but to direct effects of ginseng, or its ginsenoside components, on the central nervous system and gonadal tissues. In males, ginsenosides can facilitate penile erection. This is consistent with traditional Chinese medicine and Native American medicinal uses of ginseng.
1. First you need bottles of soju. Soju is Korean vodka with an alcohol content ranging from 20-23%. They can be purchased at liquor stores.
2. With fresh ginsengs, place them in a position where the heads face upward. Keep pouring soju until it covers the top of the heads.
3. Put a date sticker on top of the jar and keep it in a dark place at least for next 6 months. Older it gets, better it will taste.
This is what it looks like after 6 months. For enhancing flavors, you can add dates and honey at this time and let it sit for another 6 months before drinking it. Hopefully, when I drink this later, I become strong like Hulk.