Ginseng

GINSENG

The fruit blooms of Ginseng

Ginseng is any of the eleven types of short, perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family. There are three main types of ginseng: Panax ginseng (Asian), Panax quinquefolius (American), and Siberian ginseng and these are commonly found in Eastern areas of Asia, and North America. Siberian ginseng is cheaper and less potent than Panax ginseng, and while both types are adaptogenic herbs, Siberian and Panax ginseng have different active compounds (Siberian has eleutherosides rather than ginsenosides).

 

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves concentration and brain function (and therefore protects against Alzheimer’s)
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves mood and combats depression
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Has adaptogenic properties
  • Aids with weight loss by boosting the metabolism and working as an appetite suppressant
  • Improves lung function
  • Treats sexual dysfunction
  • Prevents cancer by inhibiting tumour growth
  • Treats Hepatitis C
  • Alleviates menopausal symptoms

 

WARNINGS:

Ginseng can cause mild anxiety and insomnia especially in people who are predisposed. Other side effects include headaches, stomach aches, dizziness, and possible menstrual changes. Ginseng should not be used for more than 3 months at a time.

It can also interact with other medication such as diabetes medicines, blood thinners, antidepressants, morphine, stimulants, and antipsychotic medications so it is best to consult a doctor before taking this herb.

It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or young children.

 

REFERENCES:

https://draxe.com/ginseng-benefits/

http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/ginseng

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262982.php?page=2

http://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-ginseng#1

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/06/22/ginseng-health-benefits.aspx