Ginseng has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. As far as herbal medicines go, ginseng is the most popular. The two most common forms are found in Asia and the United States, and both grow in moist soil under trees. This root plant is used so commonly that between 6K-10K pounds of dried ginseng are harvested in the United States annually.
Types Of Ginseng
Ginseng comes in many different forms. Each type has its own set of healing benefits. Some of the most popular types of ginseng are:
- Korean ginseng: This type is also called red ginseng and allegedly has the best medicinal properties. It can help with metabolism, and cells in the body. Korean, or red ginseng, is the original and oldest form used. It has a warming effect.
- American ginseng: This form of ginseng creates a cooling effect, which is opposite of the Korean ginseng. It’s potential benefits are in fighting exhaustion, and boosting cellular health.
- Indian ginseng: This is another popular type of ginseng used in Ayurvedic medicine, and is also called Ashwagandha. It’s not a true ginseng, but it offers a variety of antioxidant benefits.
What Are The Benefits Of Ginseng
Ginseng has two different types of medicinal properties: Ginsenosides and polysaccharides. They both are antioxidants which means they are healing and restorative.
Other potential benefits of ginseng include:
- Inflammation reduction*
- Treats erectile dysfunction*
- Can improve sex drive in both women and men*
- Reduce fatigue associated with cancer*
- Increase energy*
- Help with diabetes*
- Improve moods*
- Help with weight loss*
- Can help with focus and attention*
- May reduce hair loss*
Is Ginseng Good For You?
As mentioned earlier, ginseng has been used medicinally for centuries. You can take it in a variety of ways such as a powder, pill, or oil supplement, as a tea, or just eating the root. You should always start with a lower dose and increase based on how you feel while taking this or any supplement. Never exceed the recommended dosage unless you’re under the supervision of a health practitioner.
Ginseng is safe to consume. However, if one of the following conditions applies to you, then it’s best to discuss with your doctor:
- On diabetic medication. You need to make sure you blood sugars don’t drop too low.
- Anticoagulant medication may interact with ginseng.
- It could cause birth defects in unborn babies, so it’s best to avoid when pregnant.
- Autoimmune disorder symptoms could worsen from ginseng.
- Ginsenosides act as estrogen, so if you have cancer in any part of your reproductive organs, then you shouldn’t take ginseng.
- Ginseng can negatively impact some prescription medications. Check with your doctor before starting on ginseng.
How Long Does It Take To Feel Its Effects?
Ginseng doesn’t need to build up in your body for you to feel its effect. It could take as little as 24 hours or up to 48 hours to notice a difference in how you’re feeling. How rapidly you feel the effects will depend on what type of ginseng and what form you’re taking, along with how high of a dose you’re on.
What Are The Side Effects Of Ginseng
Ginseng can have a very strong effect, both positive and negative. If you take it for a prolonged period, you’ll notice the positive effects weakening. It’s recommended that ginseng only be taken for 2-4 weeks and then take a couple of days off before starting again.
Side effects associated with the use of ginseng:
- Sleep issues
- Digestive troubles
- High blood pressure
- Menstrual problems
- Vaginal bleeding
- Breast pain
Always talk to your doctor before adding ginseng, or any other supplement, into your vitamin routine.
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