The carrot is a ‘tiny ginseng’

The carrot is a ‘tiny ginseng’

Individuals who have some nutritional herbal knowledge will be aware that ginseng is a good product, but because it is highly priced and excessively potent as a nourishing tonic, it is not practical for everyone as a supplement. A fact most people are unaware of is that within books of Chinese medicinal diet, carrots are regarded as tiny ginsengs.

There is in-depth research on carrots in ancient Chinese medicine which considers them to be highly nutritious. They are extensively used and widely accepted by many people as an affordable common household vegetable, suitable to both young and old. Below I shall list the beneficial usage of carrots as a food source and to share this knowledge with you in your daily lives according to your needs and preferences.

To strengthen the Spleen and remove stagnation of food
Carrots can aid the digestive system through improving peristaltic movement of food, improving digestion and absorption of nutrients. This is a basic requirement for body growth and health. Therefore, the following people should consume carrots moderately: those with mal-digestion (or suffering from intestinal track diseases, or post-meal bloatedness of the upper abdomen), weakened anaemic individuals, growing or children undergoing puberty, pregnant or post-partum women, diabetics.

Carrots can lubricate dry eyes
Carrots contain high quantities of carotenes, which are converted into rich vitamins when absorbed by the human body. Vitamins not only nourish vision and reduce eye strain, they help to lubricate the skin through its moisturising and preserving properties. Therefore those individuals below should consume moderately, such as: those who work long hours in front of computers, those who utilises more of their eyes than physical labour, those with ocular diseases, suitable for dry skin, dry vaginal, dry nasal/throat or dry eyes.

For long-term smokers
A daily glass of freshly squeezed carrot juice helps to protect the lungs, prevent respiratory tract influenza and maintain hormonal metabolism.

Recent scientific research have shown carrot to have high content of chlorogenic acid. Chlorogenic acid is able to elevate the body’s natural anti-carcinogenic and immune properties. Those with cancer, or a familial history of cancer, who wish to lift their immune system should eat more carrots.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, those with diseases should reduce diseases; those without illnesses should prevent illnesses.

Cautionary notes
Carrot is structurally tough and difficult to digest when eaten raw. I suggest cooking to well done is best to aid digestion.

Over consumption of carrots will result in yellow skin, or eventuate into whole bodied with yellow pigmentation, so one should consume them in moderation.

Finally, the carrot is a special fruit/vegetable with multiple medical properties to improve your health when frequently consumed.


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.