Ginseng is one of the most attractive and beneficial herbal resources in the world. Even though known under one name, there are 11 different kinds of this herb growing all over the globe, including China, Korea, Vietnam, Siberia and the United States. Three types of ginseng are most popular – Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Siberian ginseng (Panax senticous). Ginseng root, due to its stimulating effects on the body, health, and metabolism, has been used from ancient times in a variety of forms such as the concentrated form of powder used as a healing agent or in a diluted form as a preparation for tea. The Chinese have found that regular use of ginseng improves overall health, increases appetite and mental activity and acts to prevent many diseases. Throughout history, it has been used in wars to treat the wounded and is used to this day by athletes to increase form and achieve better results.
The Benefits of Ginseng
Ginseng contains ginsenosides, peptides, glycosides and trace minerals. These active ingredients of ginseng root have some beneficial effects on the body, ranging from stimulation of the immune system to lowering blood sugar and levels of bad cholesterol. This plant has a very high anti-stress effect, but unlike caffeine, it does not cause the so-called depressive phase. It is assumed that the particular benefit of ginseng root comes from its ability to increase the activity of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in the brain but without the involvement of the adrenal gland, which usually activates ACTH. Therefore, ginseng is widely used to reduce elevated cholesterol and to control blood pressure. It also helps reduce tension, anxiety, and fear, while being effective against insomnia. Ginseng also improves memory and accelerates the understanding and cognitive brain function. It is used for greater strength and durability and is believed to have a rejuvenating effect on the body. It is also quite famous for being one of the natural aphrodisiacs.
Ginseng is also used to reduce the harmful effects of radiation. Thus it is recommended for chemotherapy patients, especially when it come to the recovery of bone marrow after transplantation. Studies have shown excellent results in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, with over 20% reduction in blood glucose levels after ingesting a meal rich in sugar. This miraculous root increases energy levels, is effective against chronic fatigue, reduces stress and cures insomnia, boosts your immunity and prevents many diseases.
It can take for ginseng seeds to mature from one to five years, during which time it develops leaves with greenish-white flowers which later produce red berries. As an herbal remedy, it is usually used in the form of a root to create a natural extract that can then be transformed and consumed as a powder, a capsule, liquid extract or tea. The recommended daily dose of ginseng is two tablespoons of liquid tincture 3 times a day. In the form of powder, two to four grams are to be ingested daily. It is, however, not recommended to be consumed during pregnancy and lactation period.