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Ginseng (人参)
Ginseng (人参) has over two thousand years of reputation in the Chinese medicine as a feel good tonic that can boost energy, combat the physical effects of stress, empower the immune system, improve concentration, and provide Antioxidant actions. Its legendary properties, particularly as an aphrodisiac, were once so prized in China that only the emperor was allowed to gather the herb. Today some men still take it to treat impotence and infertility.

The healing ingredients in American Ginseng are concentrated in the root, or what traditional Chinese healers call the American Ginseng root. This classic form of American Ginseng, also known as Asian, Chinese or Korean Ginseng, is the most widely available and extensive studies form.

The root of Ginseng contains active chemical components called ginsenosides (or panaxosides) that are thought to be responsible for the herb’s medicinal properties. The root is dried and used to make tablets or capsules, extracts, and teas, as well as creams or other preparations for external use.

A growth period of four to six years is necessary for full maturity of the herbs complex mixture of energizing compounds known as ginsenosides, panaxans (substances that reportedly lower blood glucose), and polysaccharides (complex sugar molecules that enhance the immune system).

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, American Ginseng promotes Yin energy (shadow, cold, negative, female), cleanse excess Yang in the body, and calms the body, while East Asian ginseng promotes Yang (sunshine, hot, positive, male). According to traditional Chinese medicine, things living in cold places or northern side of mountains or southern side of rivers are strong in Yang and vice versa, so that the two are balanced.

Therapeutic Usage
Treatment claims for American and Asian Ginseng are numerous and include the use of the herb to support overall health and boost the immune system.

Traditional and modern uses of Ginseng include:
  • Improving the health of people recovering from illness
  • Increasing a sense of well-being and stamina, and improving both mental and physical performance
  • Treating erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, and symptoms related to menopause
  • Lowering blood glucose and controlling blood pressure