In Chinese Medicine and in Modern Day Western medicine the power of Ginseng has been proven to be very important for long life and great health. Many a long lived Chinese Herbalist going back over 5 thousands years has recommended the use of Ginseng as a wonderful builder of “Chi” (Vital Energy) and also used for long life and great health.
Forms - Ginseng can be made into tea, creams, made into soups, taken as liquid extracts and found in capsules and in tablets, and can even be cooked with chicken soup. And there are many different types of Ginseng including Korean Ginseng, Panax Ginseng, Asian Ginseng, and Red Ginseng. Ginseng contains about 29 different ginsenoside compounds that do your body good.
Variety - There is even a variety grown in the US especially in Wisconsin where a variety of Panax Ginseng is abundant. Each one of these Ginsengs has slightly different qualities with some being very powerful and others milder. They vary in price from the highest quality Asian Ginseng being over $200 a pound to the American Panax Ginseng being very inexpensive.
Highly Valued - A 400 year old Ginseng root that was found in the high mountains of China that sold for over $10,500 per oz... amazing!
Powerful Antioxidant - Ginseng is full of powerful antioxidants that are important for slowing the aging process and for stopping the creation of free radicals and thus preventing disease such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. And it contains a compound called “Maltol” which is also a powerful antioxidant that prevents cancer and promotes cardiovascular health.
Obesity - Ginseng helps with obesity too by suppressing the appetite and thus helps with weight loss and boosts vitality and energy. At the same time lowing blood sugar and regulating blood sugar levels for long periods of time. It also boost metabolism and this helps with weight loss and increases vitality. Ginseng helps the liver hold on to glycogen, thus break down fatty acids instead for energy.
Mental Clarity - This wonderful herb is great for mental clarity as we get older, and for everyday work and helps with stress and prevents fatigue. It boosts up your memory and at the same time helps with mental clarity and your ability to concentrate on the job. Some recommend taking Ginseng with ginkgo biloba for an additional increase of blood flow to the brain thus staving off mental disfunction... and this may help with Alzheimer’s disease too. And there’s evidence that Ginseng helps with mood enhancement by bringing about a sense of well being and happiness.
Erectile Disfunction and Libido - Ginseng works well for erectile dysfunction and has been used as a aphrodisiac for thousands of years, some call it the “Passion Fire Herb” by increasing libido. At the National Institute of Health studies where done showing that Panax Ginseng increased testosterone and thus created larger and longer lasting erections by increasing production of nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow to the genitals. And this increased blood flow is also beneficial for the cardiovascular system... helping with increased athletic performance.
And another study at NIH showed using Panax Ginseng cream on the sex organs can help with premature ejaculation. And there is some indication that Ginseng can increase sperm count and motility too (Study done with Panax Ginseng over 3 months showed a marked increase in sperm count and motility).
For Women Too - Ginseng also helps with PMS, menstrual cramps, and pain. Ginseng has been shown to increases blood flow to the ovaries and uterus thus helping with fertility and can boost libido in women too... and helps with achieving orgasm. And down though history in China midwives and doctors have recommended giving pregnant women Ginseng to for stronger healthier babies... and for better fetal growth (But always check with your doctor). And studies in Russia show that Ginseng is great for strengthening the endocrine system and for sexual vitality.
Boost Your Immune System - Studies show that Ginseng boosts the immune system and when taking vaccines can help people (Especially older people) recover from disease quickly. There are many people with testimonials about their grandmother and grandfather taking Ginseng all their lives... and being fully functional and vital well into their 90’s, and even over 100 years old. And a powerful immune system means less chance of coming down with cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other immune mediated diseases such as some types of arthritis.
Lowers Cholesterol, Lung Improvement, Cancer - Ginseng also lowers LDL or bad cholesterol, and increases HDL or good cholesterol. Plus Ginseng is very good at helping correct lung conditions such as asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and Pseudomonas infections. Studies are being done using Ginseng for treating stomach, ovarian, liver, and breast cancer, and Ginseng also increases blood flow to the skin thus giving you lustrous healthy looking skin.
Other Uses - There are many other uses for Ginseng too... such as getting rid of stomach inflammation and gastritis, and for increasing blood production and thus helping with anemia, helps with liver function, headaches, dizziness, GI distress, strengthens the kidneys, fluid retention, hangovers, fibromyalgia, strengthens the digestive system, and it works well for chronic fatigue syndrome. And some studies show that taking Ginseng can reduce your chances of coming down with the common flu and cold. And Ginseng harmonizes bodily functions bringing about that sense of well being that people talk about when taking Ginseng.
Dose - Most people taking 2 - 400 or 500 mg capsules per day of Ginseng or drink a couple cups of Ginseng tea per day for that great feeling of wellness and vitality. But start out with a small dose and work your way up for the best results, and in Chinese Medicine they say it takes months to really see the full benefit of Ginseng. And some people recommend a mixture of gotu kola, Ginseng, he shou wu, and goji fruit made into a tea for long life and great health.
You can find Ginseng at your local health food store or you can order it on-line, just do a search for “Buy Ginseng” and lots of vendors will show up.
Enjoy Great Health!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Shambala Spiritual Transformation Institute, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas, and at www.paulhaider.com - feel free to contact him any time.