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Ginseng - Uses and Benefits

Botanical: Panax quinquefolium (LINN.)
Family: N.O. Araliaceae

Ginseng is the most famous Chinese herb. It is the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine. Various forms of ginseng have been used in medicine for more than 7000 years. Ginseng contains vitamins A, B-6 and the mineral Zinc, which aids in the production of thymic hormones, necessary for the functioning of the defense system. The main active ingredients of ginseng are the more than 25 saponin triterpenoid glycosides called "ginsenosides". These steroid-like ingredients provide the adaptogenic properties that enable ginseng to balance and counter the effects of stress.

Ginseng is used in thousands of formulas to provide vivacity and energy. Ginseng is used more than any other herbal remedy. Ginseng contains nitrogenous compounds, minerals, vitamins, fat-soluble compounds, and carbohydrate compounds in its stained root. The herb is costly and not easy to produce and takes six years to reach maturity

Dosage of Ginseng:-

This seems to vary, some say 1000 mg. a day, others more or less! I just break off a small piece of the dried root (aspirin size) and swallow it with the daily vitamin.

Uses of Ginseng:-

  • The important uses of ginseng are as:-
  • Spurs production of body's own virus-fighting chemicals
  • Helps reduce cholesterol levels in blood
  • Has anti-clotting effects, reducing the risk of arterial blood clots
  • Helps control diabetes by reducing sugar levels.
  • Treating erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms related to menopause
  • Lowering blood glucose and controlling blood pressure
  • Antioxidant, preventing cumulative cell damage believed to culminate in cancer
  • Protects the liver from effects of drugs, alcohol and toxins
  • Improving the health of people recovering from illness
  • Increasing a sense of well-being and stamina, and improving both mental and physical performance
  • Minimizes cell damage from radiation
  • Counteract fatigue without caffeine and improves stamina
  • Increases intestinal absorption of nutrients ..

Side Effects of Ginseng:-

The possible side effects are as:-

  • The most common side effects are headaches and sleep and gastrointestinal problems.
  • Ginseng can cause allergic reactions.
  • There have been reports of breast tenderness, menstrual irregularities, and high blood pressure associated with ginseng products.
  • Infants given Panax ginseng may develop a condition, resembling alcohol intoxication that has lead to at least one reported death of a newborn.
  • Rarely, taking Panax ginseng by mouth has been associated with non-infectious hepatitis.
  • In other rare reports, Panax ginseng may have caused inflammation of blood vessels in the brain - a condition that could result in headaches or strokes.
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Breast pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Heart rate changes
  • Insomnia

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