The ingredients of Qiongyugao include ginseng, di huang (rehmannia),
bai fu ling (poria), and honey. Qiongyugao of Qiongyugao.com is
manufactured with carefully selected materials. Agricultural chemicals
are known to make agricultural products look great. For this reason,
farmers do not give up the use of agricultural chemicals even for
crops that do not need agricultural chemicals. They believe that
good-looking agricultural products are sold well. Thus, like necessary
evils, agricultural chemicals always come with agricultural products
in their production and distribution. We believe that the absence
of agricultural chemicals is most important for the effect of medial
materials, and purchase the materials of Qiongyugao through careful
In order to approach the efficacy of a medicine from the viewpoint
of Oriental medicine, we should know gi. For example, today¡¯s Western
approach concludes that venison has the same effect as that of antler,
but it is a mistaken idea out of the assumption that we can expect
the same effect from materials with the same chemical formula. We
have the most advanced know-how in screening di huang and processing
Korean ginseng, fu ling, and honey.
You may attain the best result when you take Qiongyugao properly
during the given period. Qiongyugao of Qiongyugao.com is highly
reliable. It is a tonic medicine prepared using the best know-how
concerning the problem of agricultural chemicals in materials and
the handling of products in the distribution and storage such as
soaking in wine and keeping from metal things.
Home-produced honey-High-quality honey burns like protein without
leaving sugar. However, it is almost impossible to find home-produced
honey without containing sugar at all. It is because honeybees have
the nature of stealing honey from neighbor beehives and, therefore,
they may steal from beehives containing sugar. Above all, Korean
wild honey has high medical efficacy.
Korean natural fu ling is collected by a small number of simmanis
(ginseng diggers), but due to consumers¡¯ indifference and the import
of fu ling from China and North Korea, Korean wild fu ling is used
rarely and its price is also over 10 times higher. Fu ling had been
cultivated in Gyeongsangbuk-do for several years, but now no longer
because of failure in collection, distribution and sales. Currently,
an agricultural research institute in Jolla-do has cultivated fu
ling since 2007 and is harvesting 2-year-old one experimentally.
Fu ling from North Korea is wild, but that from China is artificially
cultivated in large scale. Thus, Chinese fu ling is extremely cheap.
Its consumer price is around 3,000 won per 600g, but home-produced
wide fu ling is over 30,000 won. Naturally, all home-produced fu
ling available today is wild. If consumers love wild fu ling and
consume it, though 10 times more expensive, fu ling may be farmed
in Korea as well. Because of its price, however, most of fu ling
consumed as a material of Qiongyugao and cosmetics is a Chinese
product. One who digs medical herbs in the mountains is called ¡®simmani,¡¯
but those who collect fu ling dig only fu ling. We use home-produced
wild fu ling purchased from the fu ling diggers. In particular,
we use boksin, which is considered to have neuropsychiatric efficacy.
Korean di huang - Di huang, a medical herb difficult to store, is
produced during November and December. Home-produced di huang is
very different in size from Chinese one. Even Chinese people doubt
the safety of Chinese-produced food and it is quite simple to import
Chinese products to Korea. In this situation, it is quite easy to
introduce Chinese di huang to Korea. Currently, di huang is cultivated
by many farmers in Jolla-do, Gyeongsang-do and Chungcheong-do, and
in fact, among the four major ingredients of Qiongyugao, di huang
is considered to show the highest home production rate. Qiongyugao.com
uses di huang grown and harvested in northern Gyeongsangbuk-do,
paying a much higher price than di huang merchants.
Punggi ginseng - Korean ginseng to be used for Qiongyugao is first
processed into red ginseng through four days¡¯ steaming, a day¡¯s
ripening, and another day¡¯s steaming. Thus, we do not need to use
red ginseng. All Korean ginsengs used in Qiongyugao have been approved
by a certificate authority. They are all Korean-produced 6-year-old
roots of 1st grade, which were dried under sunlight.
The importance of solar drying of Korean ginseng
- Solar drying is an essential process for maximizing the efficacy
of Korean ginseng. We get carefully selected 5- and 6-year-old roots
from the Punggi Ginseng Company, and dry them first in a drier and
then under sunlight. Ginseng is dried under sunlight during daytime
and kept inside during nighttime to avoid freezing, but even with
several days¡¯ drying, it is not easy to dry Korean ginseng to the
core. It takes around 1~2 months to prepare highest-quality Korean
ginseng. We always use good Korean ginseng.
Some customers ask if we can make Qiongyugao using red ginseng instead
of Korean ginseng.
¡°I cannot take Korean ginseng because I have a fever. Would you
please make Qiongyugao with red ginseng? Anyway it would be better
to the body because it is more expensive. Why don¡¯t you try?¡±
However, we do not need to use red ginseng. It is because Korean
ginseng turns into red ginseng in the manufacturing process of Qiongyugao,
which steams four days, ripens a day, and steams another day.¡±
If Korean ginseng is steamed half a day in a red ginseng machine,
it becomes red ginseng. In the same principle of making red ginseng,
Qiongyugao is steamed at around 90~100¡É for 3 days and another day
after a day¡¯s break, so a total of 96 hours. As Korean ginseng goes
through the stage of steaming, it comes to have the efficacy of
red ginseng. Red ginseng is made by 3~4 hours¡¯ steaming at over
90¡É, 12~24 hours¡¯ ripening, and drying. In the past, the drying
process took 2~3 months, but these days short freeze-drying and
vacuum packaging are used. If Korean ginseng is heated, starch in
the ginseng turns sticky, and because of this, it took longer to
dry red ginseng than to dry Korean ginseng in the past.
If Korean ginseng is decocted or boiled, its color turns light
yellow. Through steaming, the color becomes close to red and then
dark red that is almost black. Thus, in the process of manufacturing
Qiongyugao, Korean ginseng is changed to red ginseng. The reason
that red ginseng is used in Qiongyugao is that red ginseng may reduce
the side effects of Korean ginseng, which comes from the greenish
nature of ginseng, and thus consumers may take Qiongyugao as a tonic
medicine without worries. However, there is no example in Dong-eui-bo-gam
or Chinese medical books that red ginseng was used in Qiongyugao.
This is probably because ginseng is turned into red ginseng in the
process of making Qiongyugao.
Second, the content of Korean ginseng in Qiongyugao is only 5%.
Whether it is red ginseng or Korean ginseng, if the content is 5%,
it is not the most important ingredient. As presented below, according
to Dong-eui-bo-gam, the content of Korean ginseng is merely 5%.
(Some makers raise the content of honey to 50% or 60% to suit the
taste of consumers (children). If it is for sweetness, however,
chocolate may be better than Qiongyugao. We cannot expect the same
effect when the contents have been changed.)
||Qiongyugao = mind + soul + spirit + blood
Boiled honey heart
A common story that we have heard in childhood is that di huang
(mind) has the nature of going down to the ground, fu ling (soul)
wandering in the air, and Korean ginseng (spirit) going up to the
sky. The contents of Qiongyugao are determined according to these
natures. These ingredients are harmonized by honey (blood), and
honey must be home-produced. Because Korean land is infertile and
the climate is changeable, it is not good for producing crops but
is very advantageous to the production of medicine. The reason can
be inferred from the saying that loach roasted alive in sesame oil
is tonic to the body. That is, animals and plants growing where
the weather is changeable all the year around and day and night
become good medicines. Let me give another example, apple. Apple
can avoid fruit drop when temperature difference between day and
night is over 10¡É, and the larger temperature difference is the
sweeter the apple is. In other words, severe changes produce medicines
and change itself is medicine.
Mind (di huang) soul (fu ling)
spirit (Korean ginseng) blood
essence/liquid + ghost/soul + energy + honey
Mind + soul + spirit + boiled honey heart
The contents of Qiongyugao (according to Dong-eui-bo-gam)
Boiled honey 33% (32.79)
Korean ginseng 5% (4.92)
Fu ling 10% (9.84)
Di huang 52% (52.46)
¡Ø If the contents above are changed, at
least the product is not Qiongyugao with mysterious efficacy as
mentioned in Dong-eui-bo-gam.
Red ginseng does not need to be used in Qiongyugao. The reason
is, first, that, as explained above with regard to the origin of
Qiongyugao, red ginseng is not mentioned in any books from the Sung
Dynasty in the 10th century to the mid Chosun Dynasty including
Dong-eui-bo-gam. Traditional Qiongyugao used ginseng not red ginseng.
Second, the process of making red ginseng shows that red ginseng
is not necessary in Qiongyugao.
Red ginseng making process
It may take around 2-3 months to make red ginseng by an orthodox
method, but the steaming time, which is the key process, is not
so long, and red ginseng made at home has a very short drying process
for storage and distribution.
Red ginseng making process: 1. Steaming (softening) ¡æ 2. Ripening
¡æ 3. Drying
Steaming at 95~98¡É for 3~4 hours
1st drying at around 55¡É for 24 hours
2nd drying under sunlight for around 2-3 months
¡Ø It is not true that the elements of red
ginseng are lost at over 90¡É, and at temperature below that ginseng
is not steamed properly. That the elements of Korean ginseng volatilize
and are lost in long steaming is a false idea spread by some merchants.
A misconception commonly used in marketing is that the more expensive
Qiongyugao should not contain antler because the outstanding efficacy
and clinical safety of Qiongyugao come from its herbal ingredients.
Thus, the addition of an animal material destroys the best merits
of the medicine.
Based on Dong-eui-bo-gam, Qiongyugao has been considered a so-called
panacea and a tonic medicine harmless and beneficial to everybody.
In any part of Dong-eui-bo-gam, however, the addition of antler
is not mentioned. Thus, it is not desirable to add a new material
without any precedent case, assuming that the addition of an expensive
material may improve the effect.
Qiongyugao should use only herbs, but antler is an animal¡¯s blood.
Why only herbs? The contention that Qiongyugao is free from side
effects for everybody is based on the fact that Qiongyugao is a
tonic medicine made not of animals but of herbs. It is generally
true that animal medicines are stronger than herbs. However, a strong
medicine often causes side effects. Although it is a medicine, it
may have a problem in long-term taking.
Because the ingredients of Qiongyugao are herbs, the effect of
which is relatively mild, Qiongyugao has few side effects even with
long-term taking. Simply speaking, if people eat meat as they eat
rice, they will have many health problems. Qiongyugao is made of
herbs like rice, so it cleanses and tones up the blood.
In addition, herbal processes such as steaming, boiling, roasting,
decocting, drying and soaking were developed by our ancestors who
mastered the theory of yin-yang and the five agents. Who can change
them arbitrarily today? In addition, the incompatibility and compatibility
of foods are our ancestors¡¯ wisdom and common sense that have been
practiced in everyday life by women. Fusion foods are a temporary
trend riding on globalization, which is for the tongue troupe who
seeks the pleasure of their tongue. They do not have a traditional
For example, a medicine called 10-jeon Daebotang is popular in
herbal medicine shops. These days, however, there are 20-jeon Daebotang
with 10 additional ingredients, and even 30-jeon Daebotang is imported
as a tonic medicine from China. Such reckless fusions for the pleasure
of tongue and profits must be stopped, and consumers should be prudent
in choosing such products.
A big difference of Oriental medicine from Western one is that it
does not have a fixed therapy. It can be very dangerous for one to
prescribe and take medicine by himself. For herbal tonic medicine,
you should consult with a herbalist. As people say ¡°Toxin is drug
and drug is toxin,¡± appropriate diagnosis and prescription for each
person is essential in taking a tonic medicine. Qiongyugao is not
a panacea either. It is not helpful at all to some constitutions.
People¡¯s constitution is divided not only according to the principle
of Sasang medicine but also according to weight, health condition,
etc. Accordingly, diagnosis and prescription by a herbalist is required
before taking a tonic medicine.
Tonic medicine should be not presented as a gift. Even if you have
experienced the effect of a tonic medicine, the same medicine may
produce a different effect later. Because one¡¯s constitution keeps
changing, if you have experienced the effect of a medicine, you may
not need the medicine any longer. If Western medicine treats a patient
fixed on the bed, Eastern medicine is like treating a person who is
walking staggeringly. In order to make him walk straight, the doctor
may treat the right side or the left side first. Thus, the first treatment
can be strong or mild. Prescription is different from case to case.
There is nothing that is unconditionally good to everyone. In Western
medicine, however, the same prescription is given for the same disease.
We can say that Eastern medicine deals with the body containing mind
but Western medicine deals with only the body. Understanding the characteristic
of herbal medicine, do not present tonic medicine as a gift but visit
a herbal clinic and get prescription. We wish you be healthier and
live longer in a better world with the help of herbalists.