Korean Ginseng (panax ginseng)

Korean ginseng is also referred to as Asian ginseng or Chinese ginseng. it is a small perennial plant that orginally grew in the damp woodlands of northern China, Manchuria and Korea. It has been used for thousands of years and is now widely cultivated as is the most popular ginseng available. The mature root is used in herbal medicine.

Asian ginseng has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. The first reference to the use of Asian ginseng dates to the 1st century A.D. Ginseng is commonly used by elderly people in the Orient to improve mental and physical vitality.

What it does

Korean ginsend contains many compounds including polysaccharides, panaxans, vitamins, gums, oils and resins, but is ginsenosides that have the most potent and best understood actions in the body. Korean Ginseng has numerous actions and is said to be both sedative and stimulant and therefore an excellent balancing or adaptogenic herb. This herb helps normalise the way in which the body responds to stress triggers and acts to regulate the manufacture and secretion of adrenal hormones. It also strengthens the adrenal glands themselves, which is especially important to those suffering from chronic stress.

Studies show that ginseng enhances white blood cell activity, thus providing support to a compromised immune system. In addition, as stress suppresses immune function, the adaptogenic properties of this herb would even further promote resistance to infection.

Korean ginseng has balancing effects of blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, energy, stress, mood, immune function and libido.

Potential Uses

Stress Physical endurance Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lack of mental alertness Immune support Tired all the time.

Other information

Korean ginseng is used for mens sexual health and enhancing libido. It is recommended for immune function, stress and as a general tonic. It is also used by athletes to increase energy levels and improve overall performance.

It can be taken with Siberian ginseng to boost immune function and help reduce the side effects of flu vaccination.

Cautions

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Korean ginseng, although it is best not to take it late in the day or consume caffeinated drinks as it may stop you from sleeping or cause hyper -excitability.

Do not use in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

Korean ginseng should be avoided in cases of high blood pressure unless advised by a qualified medical practitioner.

Reports also suggest that its use is not advised in women with a history, or high risk of, fibrocystic breast disease or oestrogen dependent cancer.

Caution with anticoagulants, MAOIs, anti-diabetics and stimulants – check with your doctor before you take Korean ginseng.

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