I’m a huge fan of Ginseng especially when I’m feeling sluggish or in need of an herbal pick-me-up. Its been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to restore energy and I always feel like I’m getting infused with some ancient Chinese wisdom when I drink my Ginseng drops in a cup of tea. I love the way that this wild-looking root can impart such a sense of well being and happy energy upon me. I make sure that I am never without my ginseng tincture close by. Technically, Ginseng is an adaptogen herb which has multiple regulatory effects on the body. Asian ginseng is known to support overall health and boost the immune system and traditional and modern uses of ginseng include: improving the health of people recovering from illness, increasing sense of well-being and stamina, and improving both mental and physical performance.
Recently, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that this amazing herb can help some of the 90 percent or more of cancer patients who suffer from lethargy and low energy levels throughout their treatments. The study was done with 282 people who had breast, colon, or other types of cancers and after eight weeks of randomly assigned doses of ginseng (ranging from 750 to 2000 mgs per day), 25 % of those on the two highest doses reported their fatigue was moderately to much better as well as improvements in mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Only 10 % on the lowest dosage or a placebo reported any improvement in their energy level or general feeling of wellness.
Once again, herbs serve as a wonderful complement to conventional medicine—truly gifts from nature! The most common side effects of Ginseng are headaches and sleep and gastrointestinal problems but they are rare. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know if you decided to try it and how you feel! (Do be careful if you’ve got high blood pressure though—anyway its always best to consult your doc before trying new herbs).
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