The medicinal uses of ginseng

The botanical name for ginseng   panax is derived from the Greek word  panax meaning all healing .panax having been taken from the Greek word pan, means power and when combined with the Greek word akos or ill takes its meaning as plants that cures all ailments. Ginseng is stimulating for physical activities and can be used as aphrodisiac because of it healing qualities on the prostrate.

Ginseng supports adrenal function, reduces stress and regulates blood sugar. Ginseng has a measurable amount of germanium (a mineral that strengthens the immune system) taken ginseng for several months to a year is far more effective than short doses. All varieties of ginseng provide an individual energy and help to improve brain function, fight infection and build up cells throughout the body. Ginseng can raise blood pressure when found to be low and lower the blood pressure when it is higher than normal.

 

The Manchurian ginseng from the mountain of china is believed to be the and most effective .there are other varieties of ginseng like the Japanese ginseng, American ginseng and Korean ginseng etc .Ginseng increase male hormone production, this is the reason while it is not prescribe for women in a long term to prevent the emergence of  male characteristics. Some medical expert suggested that female should not use ginseng for more than four to six weeks at a time.

 

Ginseng has a reputation of improving  normal adrenal flow making it effective in preventing  impotence and ginseng acts on free radicals in the body which slows down the effect of premature aging. Ginseng is safe and can be used as a preventive medicine.

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Panax Ginseng – A History And Description Of The Plant And Its Uses

Panax ginseng (sometimes called Ginnsuu in China) is one of eleven species of slow-growing perennial herbs in the genus Panax, and is native to North Eastern mainland Asia, growing in the cool climates of northern China and eastern Siberia. Its English name ginseng comes from the simplified Chinese name for the plant, which referred to the thick, fleshy, forked roots that are characteristic of members of this genus. Interestingly, the genus name Panax is derived from the same Greek root as the word panacea, meaning cure-all, as it was already well known for its uses in Chinese medicine when the plant was first classified by the botanist (and father of the modern classification system) Carolus Linnaeus.

In traditional Chinese medicine Panax ginseng was used as a revitalising tonic, and was thought to help the body recover after an illness and improve circulation. It was also used as an aphrodisiac, as was its close relative Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) in traditional Native-American medicine.

More recent studies have isolated the active phytochemicals of ginseng and other members of the Panax genus, and these chemicals are now referred to as ginsenosides. These ginsenosides are what herbalists call ‘adaptogens’. Adaptogens are defined as natural herbal products that are purported to increase the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. In classical and traditional herbal medicine, these ‘adaptogens’ were known as tonics, restoratives, rasayanas (in Ayurvedic practice) and qi (in traditional Chinese practice).

Ginseng is today widely used for a variety of medicinal purposes, and several studies involving animal subjects (and fewer studies involving human subjects) have provided compelling evidence for its efficacy. Aside from its use as an adaptogen, it is also used to enhance libido in both men and women, forms part of many herbal formulations to promote normal erectile function in men, and is often found in natural fertility products too. It appears that the ginsenoside chemicals have a direct action upon the gonad tissue of both men and women, stimulating blood flow to these organs, which results in increased libido, sensitivity and (in men) improved function. Although the precise mechanisms by which the chemicals act are not yet clearly understood, animal studies have consistently shown that consumption of Panax ginseng increases mating behaviour.

Pamax ginseng is usually sold in one of four forms, all of which use the root of the plant. Although the leaves of the plant are sometimes used, the levels of ginsenosides in the leaves are too low to have much effect. Fresh Ginseng is simply the fresh, raw product. White Ginseng is the dried root of the plant, which is harvested after four to six years of growth. Red Ginseng is the steam-cured or boiled root of the plant, which is harvested after six years of growth. Finally, sun Ginseng is white Ginseng that is subsequently boiled at a high temperature (120C), and is thought to contain the highest concentration of ginsenosides.

It is recommended that people who are taking heart medication, or medications for either low or high blood pressure avoid consuming ginseng, as it may interfere with these medications and cause complications. It is also advised that diabetics taking insulin do not take ginseng, as it may have an effect on blood sugar levels. Side effects are reportedly rare, but in some cases ginseng may cause mild nausea, headaches and sleeping difficulties.

Panax ginseng continues to grow in popularity and is being tested in more and more areas of research. It is widely available from health food stores, herbalists and online stores.

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Is Ginseng an Alternative Medicine for Cancer Patients?

Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement that has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries. In the west it has been used to increase energy and boost the immune system. Ginseng is made from the roots of several plant species including Asian and American ginseng. Modern medicine has found it difficult to discover the results of using ginseng. Studies are inconclusive and may be because of the wide variety of quality of the ginseng products. Chinese have touted the benefits of ginseng for various ailments and continue to use this herb regularly.

In a recent study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, 1455 Chinese women treated for breast cancer were followed for six years. They found that women who had already been using ginseng were less likely to die of breast cancer. Those women who started taking ginseng after their cancer diagnosis reported they were able to be more active and they had a better emotional health during treatment. The women who were taking ginseng were using an American ginseng product or white ginseng root that was unprocessed. They also received regular cancer treatment such as surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Although the benefits of ginseng have been difficult to prove, the 1065 women who survived breast cancer, sixty-three percent used ginseng after their diagnosis. It is difficult to assess if ginseng was responsible for these remarkable numbers because it is impossible to separate the effects of ginseng from other alternative medicines that some of the women used. Laboratory studies do show the ingredients of ginseng do slow down tumor cell growth.

Women who have breast cancer should talk to their doctor about any benefits that ginseng would give them. You should always consult your health care professional before adding any alternative medicine to your breast cancer treatment. The herb may also have side effect or could interact with other medications your doctor has prescribed. It is not recommended that you use ginseng instead of conventional cancer treatments. The findings of increased survival rate still need to be proved in more clinical studies.

Those who have benefited from ginseng as an addition to their cancer therapy strongly suggest that further clinical trials should be done. These studies will find out if ginseng used with conventional breast cancer treatment will increase the survival rate of breast cancer patients.

Ginseng does have an effect on the patient’s sense of well being, giving them a more positive attitude and a feeling of good emotional health. If you are already taking ginseng, it may be a benefit for you to continue to take the herb. If you are not taking it, consult with your doctor to see if it will benefit you. If you decide to take ginseng as a supplement to your cancer treatment, be sure your doctor is aware of all medications you are on. It may cause drug interactions that can do more harm than good from using ginseng. As with any new medicine or alternative treatment, always get all the information you can about new products or methods of treatments.

By: Scott Meyers

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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Herbal Remedies.

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