Benefits Of “Ginseng” Supplements
Panax quinquefolius (American Ginseng)
Ginseng is a mild aphrodisiac that enhances memory, while reducing blood cholesterol and glucose and minimizing the sources of stress, aging, radiation, alcohol, and narcotics. It also enhances learning, productivity, physical stamina, and immune function. The ultimate tonic that advocates say is completely safe.
Species: P. quinquefolius (American Ginseng)
Also known as: man root, life root, root of
immortality, tartar root, heal-all ‘seng ‘sang
Parts used: Roots
It is not one herb, but three. American, Siberian, Chinese or Korean ginseng. However, all three are grouped together as “ginseng”.
Ginseng has a fleshy multi branched root resembling the human form with limb like branches. The ancient Chinese called this plant “man root”.
Contemporary herbalist recommend ginseng as a tonic stimulant that promotes vitality and longevity. And suggest it for fever, inflammation, colds, coughs, respiratory problems, depression, menstrual difficulties (as associated with the symptoms of endometriosis or hysterectomy related problems), childbirth, and immune stimulation.
Ginseng owes its healing properties to several chemicals called ginsenosides; though not fully understood and their effects can be confusing. For example; some ginsensosides stimulate the nervous system while others depress it. Some raise blood pressure while others reduce it. Additional research needs to clarify these observations.
American researchers have confirmed however, that this herb has antiviral and immune boosting effects, it increased good cholesterol, has an anti-clotting effect, reduces blood sugar levels, protects the liver from harmful toxic substances and minimizes damage from radiation therapy. All indications of the health benefits of herbs.
One study showed that laboratory animals treated with this herb are more sexually active than animals that didn’t receive the herb.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, ginseng supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT
Arabinose, calcium, camphor, gineosides, iron, mucilage, panaxosides, resin, saponin, starch and vitamins A, B12 and E.
It is extremely difficult and expensive to grow. It is prone to several fungus infections making it a struggle to keep young plants alive. Meanwhile, roots should be six years old at harvest. When roots are ready for harvest, the process is painstaking.
The value of ginseng is based on the arrangement of the limbs. The more human like they appear, the higher their value. Breaking a limb off during harvesting or drying lowers the value.
Other herbs containing aphrodisiac actions include angelica, astragalus, damiana, dong quai, false unicorn, kava kava, saw palmetto and yohimbe.
Suggested forms are any reputable standardized powdered or liquid extract
, capsules or fresh root.
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| A 2:04 video testimonial of a pancreatic cancer survivor using ginseng to relieve fatigue.