GINSENG (Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer): Benefits, Uses and Virtues of the Ginseng root? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on Panax Ginseng.

Ginseng

Ginseng (Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer) originated in China and Korea and has been used for more than 4,000 years. The plant is often considered a panacea, meaning it is capable of treating all kinds of illnesses and diseases. Its benefits are very broad; it is effective in supporting the body during illness and protecting the organs from infection, and it is also an effective regulator of the nervous system. Ginseng is the plant of vitality, and its anti-fatigue properties have been recognized throughout the world. Today, however, Panax Ginseng is most renowned for its aphrodisiac properties and for its effects on the libido.

Ginseng: Medicinal properties

Aphrodisiac – Libido

aphrodisiaque- powerful aphrodisiac (+++) (synergy with Maca)
- libido, lack of sexual appetite, frigidity (+++)
- sexual impotence (+++)
- stimulates virility, self-confidence (energizing) (+++)
- general tonic (+++) (synergy with Guarana)
- menopause, hot flushes (++) (synergy with Maca)
- erectile dysfunction, strength of ejaculation (++) (synergy with Tribulus)
- increases quality of sperm, lengthens the period of ovulation (++)

- combats infertility (++) (synergy with Maca and Tribulus)

Energy – Lack of vitality – Sport

force- adaptogenic: adapts itself to the needs of the body (+++)
- increases energy in the body (+++)
- reduces sensation of fatigue (+++)
- general tonic (+++)
- convalescence (+++) (synergy with Spirulina)
- improves reflexes (++)
- increases capacity of effort (++)
- increases physical endurance (++) (synergy with Rhodiola and Spirulina)
- muscular pains, muscular fatigue (++)

 

Balance – Stress – Memory

mémoire- increases capacity for concentration (+++) (synergy with Rhodiola)
- helps the mind and memory (+++)
- excellent nervous balance (+++) (synergy with Ashwagandha)
- reduces stress, anxiety, nervousness (+++)
- depression, insomnia (++)
- improves cerebral functions (+++)
- improves memory (+++)
- drug weaning (Cannabis, Alcohol, Tobacco…) (++) even (+++)
- promotes restorative sleep (++) (synergy with Goji Berry)

 

Diseases – Cancer – Immunity

immunité- adaptogenic plant: Ginseng adapts itself to the needs of the body (+++)
- immune system/immunostimulant (+++)
- strengthens the body when it is weakened (+++)
- convalescence, exhaustion, overwork (+++)
- helps with detoxification(++)
- resistance to various diseases (+++)
- protects the health of older people (++)
- protects from premature aging (++) (synergy with Acai Berry and Goji Berry)
- increases the amount of red blood cells (++)
- balances the respiratory system (++)
- protects from radiation (++)
- mononucleosis, illness and major fatigue (+++)
- food and drug poisoning, headaches linked to alcohol (++) (synergy with Turmeric)

 

Heart – Blood pressure – Blood Circulation

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- cardiac stimulant (++)
- blood pressure problems (regulation) (synergy with Rhodiola)
- balances cardiac functions (++)
- balances blood functions (++)
- lowers blood sugar level (+++)
- effectively reduces cholesterol (++)
- treatment for diabetes (+++) (very effective)

 

 

Digestion

digestion
- diarrhea/ intestinal problems (regulation) (+)
- lack of appetite (+)
- accelerates elimination of alcohol (++)
- gastrointestinal ulcers (++) (synergy with Turmeric)
- strengthens liver functioning (++) (synergy with Turmeric)
- helps with detoxification (++)

Ginseng: Origins

Ginseng (Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer) originated in China and North Korea, and has been used for more than 4,000 years. The plant became known as the “root of life” due to its energizing effects. In the past, Ginseng was reserved for Chinese emperors and some imperial guards. Ginseng is considered a panacea, i.e. a remedy for all kinds of ailments. Although it cannot cure every disease, Ginseng’s range of benefits is nonetheless very broad, and it can be of great help in fortifying and protecting the body (while searching for a remedy that is effective for the specific problem).

Ginseng: Composition

Panax Ginseng is a very nutritionally rich plant. Ginseng root is rich in amino acids (particularly essential amino acids) and numerous mineral elements: aluminium, arsenic, calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphor, potassium, silica, zinc. It is also rich in group B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9, B12), vitamin C and E, ginsenosides, triterpenoids and various other elements that are valuable to the body. It should be noted that ginsenosides play a big role in the therapeutic effects of the plant.

Ginseng: Dosage

The recommended dosage for Ginseng is 800mg to 2g per day, depending on the individual’s needs and on the quality of the Ginseng. Some Chinese herbalists recommend up to 2g of Ginseng every day. Ginseng should not be taken with other stimulants (such as coffee, tea or even Guarana) and dosage should be reduced in the case of increased blood pressure (often due to other stimulants whose effects are increased by taking Ginseng). In general, it is recommended to restrict periods of treatment to 3-4 weeks with one week of rest, and Ginseng should never be used for more than 3 consecutive months without taking a break. Ginseng has a strong tendency to increase the effects of other plants and medicines, which has led to numerous contraindications. Taken on its own without additional substances, the plant remains very safe.

Ginseng: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

Panax Ginseng is the cream of the crop of medicinal plants when it comes to tackling fatigue. It is particularly recommended for those lacking in energy, as it is a very strong and healthy stimulant (unlike coffee, tea or Guarana). Ginseng is considered a panacea in that it treats a great number of problems and helps the body to combat many different diseases. Another notable  (but often forgotten) benefit of Ginseng is its excellent capacity for balancing the nervous system, largely due to its abundance of group B vitamins. Because of this, Ginseng promotes much improved concentration and deep, restorative sleep, as well as fighting episodes of dementia. It can be very useful for those suffering from emotional as well as physical hardships, e.g. after a death or a break-up, and also for those who are trying to withdraw from drugs (Cannabis, Alcohol, Tobacco…) Finally, it is an excellent plant for convalescents wishing to restore energy and vitality after illness or sporting injury.

Ginseng: Side-effects, contraindications

Ginseng should not be used in strong doses (risk of diarrhea and, occasionally, high blood pressure…) It should not be taken simultaneously with other stimulating substances! Dosage should be reduced in the case of over-stimulation (then gradually increased again). Ginseng should be avoided in the case of cardiac problems because it can increase the risk of high blood pressure and  heart palpitations (if it is taken in high dosage or if it is mixed with other stimulants such as tea, coffee, Guarana…) However, within the recommended dosage, Ginseng has no side-effects and is effective in regulating blood pressure. Finally, beware of the risks of consuming Ginseng with other medicines, notably those with anticoagulant effects.

Ginseng: Opinions of experts

Panax Ginseng is a powerful plant that helps the body to be more resistant, stronger, and more resilient, while promoting greater alertness and improved concentration and memory, even if it is only consumed occasionally. Ginseng is effective in fortifying and protecting the body, and is also one of the best plants for nervous balance; its effects are very similar to those of Ashawagandha (Indian Ginseng), Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng) Maca (Peruvian Ginseng) and Suma Pfaffia (Brazilian Ginseng). These plants have become known as: “placename + Ginseng” in recognition of the similarity of their effects with those of Panax Ginseng. However, upon closer examination of these pseudo-Ginseng plants, it is evident that although they have many effects in common with Panax Ginseng (notably a marked anti-fatigue and powerful aphrodisiac effect), they do not act in the same way on the body and mind.

Ginseng: More information

The quality of Ginseng can vary widely. One of the best on the market is Korean Red Panax Ginseng, produced from organic farming, but the most important is to have a Ginseng rich in ginsenosides for powerful therapeutic effects. Ginseng is white when dried (it is naturally white when extracted from the ground), and red when the root is steam treated prior to being dried; therefore it is the method of preparation that differs. Many food supplements add stimulants such as Guarana to mask the weak effects of low quality Ginseng. Ginseng provides energy in the days following its usage (and sometimes within 24 hours), and although its effects are fast, it is not comparable to Guarana, tea or coffee. Unlike these fast-acting stimulants which, in the medium term, lead to increased fatigue, Ginseng is a healthy stimulant that restores true vitality in the medium/long term. This is why it is not recommended to purchase Ginseng that has been mixed with other products.

Ginseng: Combination with other plants

Ginseng combines very well with plants such as Maca and Tribulus (lack of sexual energy, libido, sexuality), Rhodiola (endurance, memory, concentration, nervous balance, Ashwagandha (restorative sleep, stress, libido), Royal Jelly (energy, vitality, immunity, general health), Pfaffia Paniculata (nervous balance), Eleutherococcus (sport, endurance), Turmeric (health, general protector, helps to prevent cancer), Garlic (high blood pressure, cardiac problems)  and, in exceptional circumstances, Tea and Guarana (lack of concentration, lucidity, lack of wakefulness).

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