is a perennial herb that has been used for thousands of years as a natural antidote for various illnesses. The only part of the Korean ginseng that possesses health giving qualities is its root. The older the root, the more potent it is. There are many kinds of ginseng but the best and most effective of all is Korean or panax ginseng. Korean ginseng grows well in China, Korea and Russia and its roots are available in powdered, cut and dried and liquid forms at health stores around the world.
Korean ginseng contains various phytochemicals (plant nutrients) such as:
Ginsenosides are phytochemicals that have steroid-like qualities. Ginsenosides promote brain activity and prevent excessive production of cortiseroids which help ward of stress.
Korean ginseng contains plant steroids called Panaxans which have the same structure of anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids are naturally found in your body and are usually taken in supplement form by athletes and bodybuilders to strengthen and build muscles.
Other phytochemicals found in Korean ginseng are saponins, vanillic acid and salicylates.
Physically, the shape of the root of the Korean ginseng appears very much like the form of a man, thus the Chinese name given to it is “Jin Chen” which literally means, “like a man.” Proponents of Traditional Chinese Medicine believe that the form and function of the Korean ginseng root are so linked that the root’s resemblance to the human body indicates its health giving benefits.
Korean ginseng is used to treat stomach disorders such diarrhoea, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting and indigestion.
Korean ginseng prevents tissue and organ prolapse and improves blood circulation for better heart health.
The ginsenosides found in Korean ginseng enhances memory and improves cognitive abilities, making it useful in the treatment of poor concentration, sluggish mental function, poor memory, insomnia and anxiety. Korean ginseng is incorporated in some multivitamins because its ability to counter the effects of stress on the body.
Korean ginseng boosts the immune system by strengthening the lungs making it ideal for those who suffer from asthma, chronic cough, dyspnea and sweating for no reason. It can also increase your resistance against sickness such as the common cold and flu.
Korean ginseng is also being used to treat postmenopausal symptoms in women, as well as diabetes, migraine, infections, and for radiation and chemotherapy protection. Research has shown that the ginsenosides found in the leaves and stems of Korean ginseng exhibit anti-hyperglycemic effects making it a good treatment for diabetes. Korean ginseng also promotes wellness by improving sleep quality and stimulating the appetite.
Due to its strong potent action, Korean ginseng is not recommended for use among those suffering from high blood pressure.
While the side effects of Korean ginseng are relatively mild compared to those of pharmaceutical drugs. It is best to seek the proper advice of a naturopath
or health professional before taking strong herbs.