Asian Ginseng has been used throughout centuries in the eastern hemisphere. They are in the genus of Panax (pancakos (grk): cure-all). It was used for medicinal tonic to boost immunity, build strength and improve overall heath. The results was shown to strengthen the nervous system for sufferers from injury disease, prolonged emotional stress, physical exertion, and fatigue. The outcomes were improvements in thinking, learning, concentration, and memory.
American Ginseng has been show to help control diabetes, reduce cholesterol, promote mental clarity, and protects against certain types of cancer. In the modern medicine, they are called adaptogen.
Today they are rarely found in the wild, but most of the ginseng are cultivated. Before taking ginseng, one should consult with their physician to see whether or not it will interfere with their medication. One should check the labels of any product carefully to see how much Pans ginseng is included in the formulation:
Extract: standard of containing 4~7% of ginsenosides are are dosed 100-200 mg daily.
Tincture: 1~2 ml., up to 3 times a day
Tea: simmer 3~6 teaspoons of root for 45 minutes; then strain, cool, and drink, 1~3 times a day.
Capsules: 500~1000 mg dried powdered root, have 1/2 a day.
Caution: Blood pressure needs to be monitored. For diabetics, blood sugar can be lowered, proceed with caution. Asian ginseng can cause insomnia or anxiety. There’s been some reports of mild upset stomach and headache. It is not advised to take Asian ginseng for three (3) months in a row. There has been some research showing negative hormone-like side effects with prolonged usage.
Please keep in mind the following information has not been highly conclusive yet. If you have high blood pressure and / or diabetes you should consult your doctor before taking Asian Ginseng. And it is not recommended for infants, children, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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