Ginseng

Scientific Name

Panax ginseng and Eleutherococcus senticosus


Overview

Korean or Chinese ginseng and Siberian ginseng are the best known varieties.  Both varieties help the body cope with stress, improve energy metabolism, lowers blood sugar, boosts immunity, ensures liver health, and regulates cell growth.   They both increase alertness and mental health for those undergoing stress.

Korean ginseng treats diabetes, lowers cholesterol, ensures reproductive health, treats menopausal symptoms, boosts immunity, and is an anti-cancer agent.

Siberian ginseng can treat chronic fatigue syndrome, relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and treats rheumatic pain for the elderly.

For individuals with acute infections, high blood pressure, or anxiety, ginseng should be avoided.  Some may experience side effects such as high blood pressure, nervousness, insomnia, skin problems, and diarrhea.


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Sources

  1. [0] – The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs