Energizing Ginseng

asain ginseng rootGinseng, or Ren Shen in Chinese, is probably the most famous herb of all, being prized for it’s therapeutic benefits for thousands of years. The Chinese traditionally used Ginseng as a restorative tonic, stimulant, male aphrodisiac, stress reliever, to enlighten the mind, increase wisdom and longevity. Ginseng has been used in Europe since the 9th century primarily as an adaptogen (helps body tolerate stress) and made it’s way to the West in the 18th century.

There are 2 main species of Ginseng- Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American Ginseng (panax quinquefolium). Both are herbaceous perennials, found in shady, woodlands, and have similar therapeutic actions. American Ginseng is milder, and not as “hot” of an herb making it more suitable for menopausal women than it’s Chinese counterpart. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is a close relative and cheaper alternative with similar uses sometimes confused with “ginseng”.

Today we can reflect on the many studies and research in Asia and Europe showing the benefits of Ginseng for many health conditions:

  • Anxiety and Stress

  • Cancer

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Lyme Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Hangover & Drug Metabolism

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Increased Cognitive Abilities

  • Impotence, Infertility and Diminshed Sex Drive

Ginseng root can be taken in teas, tinctures or encapsulated formulas. Care should be taken if you are on prescription medications as many can have interactions. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not use it. Avoid Ginseng for two weeks prior to undergoing elective surgery.

Interested in using Ginseng?  Order on blog.thepondpad.com or stop by Ubi’s and try one of my blends.

The following article is for educational purposes and not intended for diagnosis.  Always consult your health practitioner when needed.

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