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Three Chinese Conributions To The States. Speaks Ginseng, Tea And Acupuncture

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The Chinese started immigrating to the United States in 1849. They leftChina in search of a better life. Life in China in the 1800's was very hard. Therewasn't enough food, money and the cities were overpopulated. They heard aboutthe United States and believed there was an opportunity to start over again. Theyhoped to find jobs on the railroad or to strike gold. When they arrived in the UnitedStates, life was difficult. Laws were made which discriminated against them.However, eventually they became a respected part of our society. They areresponsible for many contributions which are part of American life today. This essaywill describe three of these contributions: two products, ginseng and tea, and onemethod of medicine, acupuncture.Ginseng is a perennial herb grown in China and other Asian countries. It isalso grown in North American, but the Asian variety is thought to be more valuable.There are many legends and superstitions surrounding ginseng. The Chinese havelong believed that the ginseng is a cure for many aliments and can even make one livelonger. However, Western researchers are have been unable to prove this. Today,many manufacturers add ginseng to such products as hair tonics, shampoos, skincreams and even soft drinks. Also ginseng can be bought over the counter in drugstores under such names as "Ginkoba" and "Ginsana". "Ginkoba" is supposed toincrease mental alertness. "Ginsana" is supposed to increase physical energy.Tea was first used during the reign of Emperor Shen Nung in about 2737 B.C.This was a very long time ago. It is thought that tea was first cultivated in China.Then the China tea plant was taken to Japan in about 800A.D. In Japan, tea was usedfor medical purposes. When green tea was developed in Chine, tea became apopular beverage. Tea was introduced into England in about 1660. It was a giftfrom the British East India Tea Company. The Company became...

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