Ginseng herb or (Panax quinquefolia) is the name of an herb that is traditionally grown in China and Korea.The word “Ginseng” means ‘man plant’ or ‘mans root’ and was named such because of the forked shape of the root.which resemble the legs of a man. Used for thousands of years, Ginseng is considered to be a ‘cure all’ offering many health benefits such as fatigue, stress, digestion, colds, chest troubles and cough. If paired with Ginkgo biloba, Ginseng may improve memory capacity and in children, it improves symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Folk medicine attributes Ginseng with other benefits such as an aphrodisiac, stimulant, type II diabetes treatment, or cure for sexual dysfunction in men..
Medicinal properties include: Demulcent, stomachic, mild stimulent, tonic.
Ginseng is sold in different forms such as in whole, powder form, tea bags, capsules, etc. The leaves of the ginseng are generally not used.
Taking Ginseng should be done in cycles of regular consumption followed by a break then begin regular consumption again. Recommended use would be for a regular course would be from one to three months out of a year. In preparing tea, do not use boiling water since this may reduce the effectiveness of the Ginseng herb.
Some side effects to Ginseng use have been observed. The most common side effect is the inability to sleep. Other side-effects include nausea, diarrhea, euphoria, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, headaches and mastalgia. The most common side-effect is the inability to sleep. Other side-effects include nausea, diarrhea, euphoria, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, headaches and mastalgia.
Other names include: Five-fingers root, American Ginseng, ninsin, red berry, garantogen, sang.