Ginseng is an English term given to a Chinese word ‘renshen’. The literal meaning of this term is “man root”. It has a characteristic forked shaped look that resembles the legs of a man, hence the name. Originally, the term Ginseng was used as substitute for several plants having medicinal properties. Though Ginseng now refers to ‘genus Panax’, researchers believe that the original plant used in ancient China was different. Ginseng root is native to eastern Asia and North America, and has been in use as a folk medicine and tonic for thousands of years.
Ginseng is a perennial plant; it is often found in densely wooded areas and requires rich soil to grow. Ginseng takes several years to grow-up. It requires about 3-10 years time for the roots to get cultivated properly. However, after several years, the plant and its root can begin to degenerate, and the root may loose its medicinal capabilities. The Ginseng plant in itself is very attractive to look at. It has well shaped green leaves with bright red berries, but it is only the root that possesses medicinal properties. It is primarily a member of the Araliacae family.
In today’s fast-paced world, people dream of having something that can cure them within a wink of an eye. Ginseng is not the answer to all problems, but possesses certain properties that can help in curing many diseases. It has such a high demand that the supply is never enough to meet the demand. Some of the benefits include its medicinal properties to help cure cholesterol related problems. It is widely used to lower cholesterol, increase energy, and endurance, reduce fatigue and effects of stress. It is also viewed as help for people with diabetes.
There are many known benefits of Ginseng, but one of the most important benefits is its support in cancer treatment. It helps rebuild cells and give strength to muscles, which are needed in cancer treatment. Other benefits include improving memory, increasing vitality, extending endurance, relieving body stress, fighting fatigue, bolstering immunity, balancing metabolism and many more. Ginseng also helps in curing sexual dysfunction for both sexes. Ginseng is beneficial for women suffering from post-menopause symptoms. One of the major factors for its high demand is because of its ability to affect aging. It is used as a supplement in various anti-aging medicines.
By: Rich Marsiglia
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