Asian ginseng (Panax) has a history of herbal use going back over 5,000 years. The genus name Panax is derived from the Greek word meaning “panacea” or “all-healing”; the species ginseng is said to mean “wonder of the world” and is one of the most highly regarded of herbal medicines in the Orient, where it has gained an almost magical reputation for being able to promote health, general body vigor and also to prolong life.
- A well known Aphrodisiac
- Menstrual cramps – soothes stomach pains associated with menstruation
- Boosts oestrogen – recommended to peri-menopausal women to increase libido
- Anti-ageing – helps heal skin from exposure to sunlight and environmental pollution. Increases collagen production , making your skin more elastic and toned.
- Improves complexion Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Refines and hydrates skin. Improves blood circulation, giving you a glowing complexion.
- Prevents skin diseases – eczema, improves acne.
- Stimulates hair growth as blood flow to the scalp is stimulated.
- Anti-cancer properties – Ginsenosides in ginseng have anti-tumour effects and slow down cell cycle progression, thus slowing down the growth of cancer cells.
- Improves mental and physical health boosts stamina and energy during sports. Improves mental alertness. Relieves fatigue.
- Boosts blood pressure – beneficial to low BP patients
- Beneficial to type II diabetes – lowers blood sugar
- Heart health – decreases oxidation of cholesterol, contributing to a healthier cardiovascular system.
- Strengthens the immune and nervous systems
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Improves endurance in sports
- Regulates metabolism
- Treats erectile dysfunction – can treat erectile dysfunction in men.
- Follow the dosage specified, ginseng’s blood cleaning properties can cause anaemia if abused.
- Ginseng lowers fatigue but it is known to cause slight nausea and headaches in rare cases. If this happens just avoid it, but first make sure the headache you got was not due to another factor.
- Great for Low Blood Pressure, but those who suffer from High Blood Pressure should avoid ginseng as it can boost blood pressure.
- If you are about to undergo surgery, stop consuming ginseng 7 days prior to your operation as the herb inhibits a blood-thinning drug used in operations.
- Not recommended to pregnant or nursing mothers.
- Can inhibit the reactions of drugs such as aspirin, warfarin, and heparin.
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