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Ginseng (Panax spp.)


Ginseng (Panax spp.) grows in parts of Japan, China, Korea and Russia. The perennial plant is used for the purpose of treating different types of ailments such as cancer and the dried roots are used for making traditional medication. It is part of the Araliaceae family.


Medicinal Uses

Panax spp. has been used for over thousands of years because of its medicinal value and has come to be known by the popular name ‘Ginseng’. It is used as a supplement for the purpose of achieving overall wellness. In traditional medicine, Ginseng (Panax spp.) is used for treating different types of pathological conditions or illness like anorexia, hypodynamia, palpitation, diabetes, hemorrhage, impotence and insomnia. Currently, the use of Ginseng (Panax spp.) varies from supplementation to therapeutics and potential treatments. Compounds used for medicinal purposes are extracted from the roots of the herb and this includes compounds such as triterpene saponin. It also contains properties which are used in anti-bacterial and anti-viral products.


Current research also indicates that it is currently been used for cognition cancer, cardiovascular and diabetes. There are ginsenosides which are found in the red and white Ginseng (Panax spp.) species and these are known to play different roles in the body and this, they control gastric and cancer conditions. It is also effective for addressing inflammation yet another fact that makes it widely used in the medicinal world. 


Dosage and Administration

The Ginseng (Panax spp.) root is effective and ideally, you are supposed to take at least one to two grams of the root for three months in order to get relief from the underlying problem.


Parts Used

The root of the Ginseng (Panax spp.) is commonly used for the purpose of enjoying the medicinal properties associated with the herb.



There are several benefits associated with this herb and some of these are as highlighted below.


  • It boosts libido and strength and this is because it contains nitric oxide. In addition to this, it has also proven to be effective and reliable for men with dysfunction erectile problems.
  • It comes in handy for the purpose of controlling blood sugar. Research proves that Ginseng (Panax spp.) has properties that ensure diabetics II is effectively controlled and this is extremely important considering there is a high number of people are struggling with high blood sugar complications. It is also effective in lowering glucose in people who are non-diabetic.
  • Ginseng (Panax spp.) is also effective for improving the brain, memory, learning and cognition. When it comes down to benefits of Ginseng to the brain, the list is endless. Top on the list, it makes it easy to respond to abstract thinking. It also makes the process faster, simple and better. Additionally, it improves memory, accuracy, moods and your well being.
  • Men are at a high risk of getting prostate cancer and Ginseng (Panax spp.) comes in handy in slowing down growth of cancer. One of the major benefits associated with the herb is the protection it offers from aggressive cancer forms.
  • For those with high blood pressure problems, Ginseng is effective for lowering it thus making it highly beneficial.


Side Effects   

While Ginseng (Panax spp.) is considered safe from a general standpoint of view, when taking in high doses it can trigger some side effects. Some of these include nausea, heart rate that is increased, insomnia and in some cases, restlessness. There are also effects which are more common in women and this might include vaginal bleeding or in other cases, swollen breasts. There are instances when Ginseng (Panax spp.) lowers the levels of blood sugar and this can be a serious threat to people who are using diabetic medication.


Ginseng is also associated with some steroid hormone effects and as such, doctors caution women who are have endometrial or breast cancer from using it. There are no enough studies to prove whether the use of Ginseng is safe for expectant women or those breastfeeding. Consequently, women who fall into any of these groups should consider consulting with their doctors before making a choice on whether to use the products or not. Ginseng can also cause tremors, manic episodes and headaches when it is used with antidepressants which are known by the name MAOIs. The best thing to avoid any side effects would be to consult with your doctor or pharmacist before you commence with the use of Ginseng (Panax spp.).

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