This is a herbal medicine derived from the roots of various distinct species of plants categorized under the Araliaceae plant family. Ginseng extract is sought from the roots of the Asian or Korean ginseng species. It is a remedy for various types of diseases and illnesses and is thus a panacea. It also has energizing effects which has made it earn the name root of life’.
The root extract is very nutritious. It is rich in essential amino acids and various other mineral components; calcium, copper, iron, alluminium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It is also rich in vitamins B, C, D, triterpernoids and ginsenosides. The ginsenosides, which are the triterpene saponins are the active components of it that give the plant roots their therapeutic properties. These properties include; antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginseng is a panacea; it has various uses in terms of remedy for illnesses and helping the body fight infections. Ginseng is used for the treatment of diabetes, anemia, gastritis (stomach lining inflammation), asthma, fever, dysentery, colds and flu. Some people also use it when experiencing hangovers, nerve pains, headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite and vomiting. Although well studied, more research is needed to confirm many of the effects which may be the following:
The ginseng is also popular for its aphrodisiac properties. It is used as a remedy for various sexual problems. It can be used to improve libido, to treat erectile dysfunction, to prevent premature ejaculation and improve the strength of ejaculation. This plant is also effective in treating sexual impotence, combating infertility, stimulating virility and self-confidence during sexual intercourse. It also helps to improve the quality of sperms and lengthening the period of ovulation.
It can also be used as an energizer to boost the body energy. It improves the generation of energy in the body and improves the physical endurance of the body. It also reduces muscular pains and fatigue which improves the capacity of effort by the body. Ginseng can also be used to improve concentration, memory thinking and the efficiency and productivity of work. This is achieved as it reduces stress, nervousness, anxiety and depression that can hamper concentration.
Ginseng may have some side effects when taken in large quantities (read more about dosage further down or at the place where you buy ginseng). Such effects may include:
It is always recommended to use ginseng for a limited period of time, long-term (more than 3 months) use may be harmful and it may affect hormones in the body and more rare side effects may include:
There are alos states or conditions where it may be harmful and when you may want to avoid it or at least ask your doctor’s advice before trying it:
The dosage for ginseng varies depending on the region and individual needs. For instance, the Chinese recommend high dosages of up to 2 grams daily while in Europe, a range of 100 to 400 milligrams is recommended daily. The dosage should also be restricted to periods of 3 to 4 weeks with a week’s rest in between, and should not be taken for 3 consecutive months without a break. Other stimulants such as coffee should be avoided during dosage. Most importantly, stay with the dosage recommended by the company from which you get it!
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