Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Pros and Cons of The Best Traditional Herb, Ginseng

Based on the Wikipedia, ginseng is any one of eleven species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, belonging to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae.

From centuries, it is known as a good medical or supplement for our health either by using traditional ways nor modern science and technology.

This famous Chinese herb has been used for over 5,000 years. It was worth more than gold to the Qing Dynasty of ancient China.

Ginseng is used in thousands of formulas to provide vivacity and energy. Ginseng is used more than any other herbal remedy.

ginseng tree
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. Researchers today label ginseng as a strong immune system tonic that can uniquely affect the entire body.

Various types of ginseng include Japanese ginseng (Panax japonicum), Asian ginseng (panax ginseng), Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), and American ginseng. Asian ginseng is the most popular and grows in China, Korea, and Japan. Siberian ginseng is native to Korea, China, Japan, and Russia. America ginseng can be found in forested areas from Quebec to Minnesota and south to Georgia and Oklahoma.

American and Asian ginseng, both similar in chemical composition and appearance, are the types recognized for having healing powers. Ginseng grown in North American is often thought of as the most favorable and costly. It is grown and exported from Wisconsin, British Columbia, and Ontario.

Benefits of Ginseng:
  • Effective for treating colds, coughs, rheumatism, neuralgia, gout, diabetes, anemia insomnia, stress, headache, backache and double vision.
  • Women find it helpful in normalizing menstruation and easing childbirth.
  • Endurance and adaptation enhancer.
  • Increases coqnitive functions - resistance to stress, immune and endocrine stimulan.
  • stimulates the immune system, by spuring the production of the body's own virus fighting chemicals, helps reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Has anti-clotting effects.
  • Reducing risk of arterial blood clots.
  • Helps control diabetes by reducing blood sugar levels.
  • Good antioxidant agent.
  • Protects the liver from the effects of drug.
  • Minimizes cell damage from radiation.
  • Increases intestinal absorption of nutrients.
Side effects or possible interactions of taking too much Ginseng:
  • Most common side effects is the inability to sleep.
  • Possibly cause Nervousness, agitation, headache, insomnia and palpitation.
  • Estrogenic effects can cause mastalgia and vaginal bleeding.
  • May also lead to induction of mania in depressed patients who mix it with antidepressants.
  • Other side effects can include nausea, diarrhea, headaches, nose bleeds, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and breast pain.
I believe there is more good things about this one of well-known herbs in the world. Besides of having it in pills and tablets, now we can have it in a cup, food and also getting mixed with other herbs such as tongkat ali, kacip fatima, and many more. Hopefully, my share here might give you some knowledge, together we share what we know. Happy living.


Josh said...

enlightening. i had no idea the value of ginseng to this degree. thank you

Tom said...

Nice sharing from you... Thanks

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