Used for over five thousand years for it’s alchemistic physical restorative properties, the ginseng plant has gained popularity for its abilities to reduce fatigue, stress, mental anguish and anxiety. This ancient herbal remedy soothes the soul, calms the mind and boosts the body physically.
Research is still determining the healing properties of ginseng, but its diverse and safe pharmacological effects have been reported for thousands of years. This root herb is used in contemporary herbal medicine as a stimulant to aid metabolism and to help regulate blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
Ginseng is also popularly used as an energy booster, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant due to its saponin content, and for its capacity to increase circulation and balance the cardiovascular system, as well as an aphrodisiac.
Though the root of the ginseng plant is the main part used in traditional medicine, the leaves have also been discovered to regulate blood sugar levels.
Ginseng has a balancing effect on hormone production by adrenal glands. This is why ginseng is often found in supplements for PMS and menopause. Ginseng is not a stimulant like caffeine so it does not cause the jitters. On the contrary this herb helps the body adapt to stress and increases energy gently, resulting in overall well-being.
Siberian ginseng has a documented history in Russia in reducing flu symptoms, respiratory disease, hypertension, and ischemic heart disease. As it improves blood circulation throughout the body, ginseng also reduces headaches, circulatory problems and warms chronically cold hands and feet.
Ginseng, like other herbs, should be taken with proper guidelines and dosages; speak to your physician before taking herbal supplements. Do not take ginseng at night as it may induce insomnia in some people. The effects of ginseng have also not been studied in children and pregnant or nursing mothers, and it should be avoided.
Recommended adult dosages:
- Tablets or capsules with standardized extract: 100 mg twice daily.
- Tea: 1 teaspoon (5 ml) finely chopped ginseng root in one cup of boiling water.
- Tinctures: 1 to 2 teaspoons ( 5 to 10 ml) daily.
- Relieves symptoms of tension and stress such as headaches and high blood pressure..
- Improves circulation of blood in the body and fights heart disease.
- Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Aids in metabolism and decreases fatigue.
- Helps in mental concentration and focus.