By Tom, on March 22nd, 2013
I took ginseng in the past. I was diagnosed as hypoglycemic after high school and I heard that ginseng was something that helped with that. But, I found a change in diet was far more effective. I haven’t taken it since then, but I recently heard that it has so many more uses and have decided that I should give it another shot. I am using panax ginseng (also known as: Asian ginseng and Korean ginseng), so that will be the type of ginseng I will talk about here.
Ginseng’s been used traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, and due to it’s obvious effectiveness it’s one of the more studied herbal supplements. The main effects being a boost in overall energy and a resistance to stress. The Chinese believe ginseng has an overall balancing effect in your body – who am I to argue?
Here are some of the positive effects of Panax Ginseng:
Higher Quality of Life – Ginseng may improve mood and increase cognitive function. It’s an adaptogen, meaning that it allows the body to better adapt to stress. It may help men with erectile dysfunction and women with menopause. There is even a study showing that ginseng reduces wrinkles.
More Energy and Stamina – Ginseng has always been used as a natural way to increase energy and stamina. It affects the way blood glucose is utilized. It also decreases fatigue and muscle damage.
Metabolic and Hormonal Balance – Ginseng increases insulin sensitivity – insulin resistance is a major symptom of diabetes. It may also help men with low testosterone balance their hormones.
The negative side-effects are few. If you’re out of balance, the side effects may be a complete reversal of the symptoms you are trying to repair. If you are on antidepressants you may become manic. If you have low blood pressure, then the side-effect may be high blood pressure. This is one of those time we recommend that if you are worried about the side effects talk to your health professional before starting treatment.
Panax Ginseng – In-Depth Scientific Supplement Information – Examine.com
Ginseng – Wikipedia