Asian Ginseng

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Biological Name: Panax ginsengAsian Ginseng

Other Names: Asian Ginseng, Chinese ginseng, Ginseng – Asian, wonder of the world, Asiatic ginseng

Elements Applied: Root is the commonly applied element in herbal medicine

Active Components: The organism benefits from a wide variety of ginseng active components. The first class of components is united under the name of ginsenoids, which account for the plant’s stimulative properties, and its capacity to energize the body and mind, and reduce anxiety. There are no less than thirteen ginsenoids in Asian type of ginseng. Two of them, Rbl and Rgl are the most potent of all.

Among other components we can list panaxans, responsible for blood sugar level regulations, and polysaccharides, which account for immunity stimulation.

History: Asian ginseng has played an important role in Chinese medicine for two thousand years. Asian ginseng potency was first evidenced in 1 AD historical scriptures, where the plant was reported to boost the feelings, sedating one’s nervous system, increasing one’s energy levels, and even acting positively on the intellectual aspect. If applied on a regular basis the plant was believed to increase one’s lifespan. The common age range of people who applied ginseng for body and mind stimulation was that close to senility.

Used For: The list of diseases cured by ginseng includes: influenza, fibromyalgia, anxiety, diabetes, sore throat and colds, chronic tiredness, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is successfully applied as a chemotherapy aid and a physical performance booster, as well as a supportive remedy for male fertility.

Ginseng is a sedative remedy. Additionally it produces a positive effect on stomach conditions. In China this plant was almost worshipped, and applied for curing any disease, even the most severe one. Conventionally, one who acquired a plant in form of a human was thought to be lucky.

Ginseng is additionally applied to reduce fevers, treat inflammations, hemorrhoids, and blood conditions. Female reproductive system can benefit from the plant as well, as it regulates the monthly periods and is believed to make labor easier. The plant is used to energize all the body’s capabilities, both psychological and physical. It boosts sexual desire. Ginseng is applied for treating respiratory system disease, accompanied by coughs. It stimulates the nerves and several body glands.

Additional Info: Asiatic ginseng can be found wild in damply areas of Manchuria; it’s a perennial herb, which is specially raised predominantly in Korea. The root reaches 2 feet in length. The stem which appears from it is characterized by several oblong leaves which are accumulated at the top. The plant blossoms in the summer period, when small yellowish flowers appear. The red-colored berries which the plant produces can be eaten. Due to ginseng’s popularity its wild examples are non-frequent. The remedies you find in the stores are predominantly represented by specially raised herbs.

Preparation and Intake: Ginseng is usually marketed as a standard extract which contains 7% of ginsenoids; if the content is higher, the remedy is of low quality, due to the lack of panaxans it thus has. The commonly applied dose is 1-2 grams a day in pills and 2-3 ml in form of a tincture.

The root should be well dried before application. The tea is prepared according to one’s tastes.

If applied on a regular basis, the period of ginseng application is no more than three weeks. Before using it again, make a 1-2 week gap between courses.

Safety: If applied in the normal dose ginseng is safe to use. There are some reported cases of insomnia and excessive energizing. Caffeine is not recommended to mix with ginseng, as it doubles the herb’s effect as a stimulant and may lead to stomachaches. Hypertension is a contraindication to ginseng usage. There is a possibility of irregular menses in case of prolonged ginseng application in women. Ginseng should be avoided during breastfeeding and pregnancy.