Latin name: Panax Ginseng
Common names: man root, root of immortality, tartar root
Out in the market today, it is one of the most frequently used herbs. It can also be referred to as “man root” (since it commonly resembles the shape of a man), “root of immortality” and “life root.”
As the Ancient Chinese believed, since it takes the shape of the human body, it is beneficial in bringing balance and well-being to the entire body. This herb is said to bring energy to the body and that is the very reason why many energy drinks contain ginseng.
In purchasing, make sure that it is not over processed because there might be a decrease in the effectively of the herbal supplement. If you want to be sure about purchasing the authentic Ginseng herb, the best way is to buy the root itself. Ginseng is also available in capsules and tea.
What it is used for:
- Has components to help Improve cognitive functioning
- Said to help in treating anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease, bleed or clotting disorders (consultation with healthcare professional is advised before use of Ginseng or any herb)
- Lessens symptoms of diabetes and neurosis
- Treats respiratory conditions such as common colds, coughs, asthma and pulmonary tuberculosis
- helps in sexual dysfunction
- Known to be beneficial to the liver and helps in lessening effects of a hangover after alcohol consumption
- Says to be helpful in improving moods
- Used when person lacks appetite, has insomnia and stress
- In Chinese medicine, said to help in the restoration of balance in the body (reducing physical and mental fatigue, aging and enhance physical and mental performance and energy)
- Said to have effects in lowering cholesterol and promote vasodilation (improves blood circulation)
How it is used:
The fresh or dried section of the root is used in this herb. It is used in cooking, a component in energy drinks, capsules and tablets, extracts, teas and external preparations.
Side effects and cautions:
- The safest mode of taking the herb is for short-term use because long-term use might cause unwanted side effects
- Prevent use when pregnant or breastfeeding
- Common side effects are: headaches and gastrointestinal upset
- Be cautious when taking other blood lowering medications because this herb has been associated in lowering blood sugar levels, combination of the two might cause fatally low levels of blood sugar
- Avoid alcohol consumption when taking this herb
- Consult your doctor before using this herb to have accurate information regarding safe usage
Ginseng is a herb that is commonly associated to old age and illness. Part of Chinese medicine, it is known to be a powerful aphrodisiac that can affect any system of the body that is said to be out of balance. With its many positive benefits, ginseng is widely used not only in Asia but all over the world today.