13 August 2008

  • This famous Chinese herb has been used for over 6,000 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.
  • The herb is costly and not easy to produce and takes six years to reach maturity.

SpeciesGinseng

  • 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.

Health Benefits of GinsengGinseng Plant

  • The ginseng root is used for fatigue and to improve concentration and stamina. Ginseng may also have antiviral, antioxidant, and anticancer effects.

Composition-Active Ingredients

  • Ginseng contains nitrogenous compounds, minerals, vitamins, fat-soluble compounds, and carbohydrate compounds in its stained root.
  • Various types of ginseng include Japanese ginseng (Panax japonicum), Asian

Warning

  • Caution with Ginseng is urged in people with cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
    People who are taking diabetes drugs, diuretics, blood thinners (including aspirin), MAO inhibitors, or NSAIDs should not take Ginseng.
  • It should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, or those with bleeding disorders.
    Taking large amounts can result in Ginseng abuse syndrome, which is characterized by high blood prossure, insomnia, water retention, and muscle tension.

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