The treasury of herbs has been long used and explored. With time the uses and benefits keep growing and the preexisting ones tested.
Since each herb has a different origin, use, and side effect it is better to handpick one at a time and explore it. In this article, we will cover all the important points about ginseng.
This herb with distinguished looks has a lot of varieties available. More importantly, it offers quality over quantity too.
Its benefits outnumber many other herbs and it can be used as a replacement for some. It has been used in ancient Asian medication for centuries.
Since you have a basic idea about it, let us find out more about it in detail.
14 Natural Benefits Of Ginseng
Even small quantities of this herb can have benefits for the complete body.
Supports Mental Health
Ginseng has saponins which aid your body via neurological benefits.
Saponins also help to improve focus and boost memory.
It refreshes the mood and increases overall cerebral and cognitive function. This helps in increasing performance and rejuvenating energy.
A better flow of fresh and instantaneous thoughts can be observed after its regular use.
People suffering or trying to avoid brain ailments should include ginseng in their diet. Panax ginseng is the best among all for this.
Treating Erectile Dysfunction
This is a very commonly observed problem in males that affects their overall life. Both the person and his partner start feeling tension between them due to ED.
Men are reluctant to take medicine for it or talk about it. Since it is not a new problem, ED and its symptoms were cured in ancient times with the help of herbs.
One of them is ginseng. Ginseng has been used for ages for improving complaints of ED. Recent studies suggested that ginseng can help with the management of ED.
It works by increasing the blood flow in the genital area and relaxation so that a person gets a complete erection that stays for long. It also improves the chances of overall satisfaction.
May Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Ginseng increases the production of insulin. The absorption of sugar increases.
This can be useful generally as well as for diabetics. Studies have shown that when diabetes medication was accompanied by ginseng, the blood sugar level decreased at a better rate.
Potential Anti-Cancer Properties
Different varieties of ginseng are studied for preventing and treating cancer. Several types of cancer such as liver cancer, skin cancer, and breast cancer and their symptoms have been the subject of study.
Research has been conducted on chemotherapy sessions especially post-surgery. The improvement seen were somewhat promising.
It may speed up the recovery but also increases the survival chances but there is not enough evidence.
Anti-Inflammatory And Antioxidant Properties
Since ginseng has ginsenosides and saponins, they help in enhancing the antioxidant functions in the body. Studies have highlighted the role of black ginseng and Panax ginseng for this purpose.
They improved the antioxidant function of the liver and intestine. Since the antioxidants are great for the skin they have an anti-aging effect.
Not just traditionally, it is still used in several anti-aging creams. Its anti-inflammatory effect is a plus point for athletes as it can act as a natural supplement.
It is a great choice for recovery and energy. It strengthens the immunity and protects the body from damage and stress injuries.
Benefits Menstrual Cycle
A large number of women suffer from irregular and painful periods. It worsens to an extent where it starts affecting the overall health.
In such cases, ginseng can be a natural remedy that has been used since ancient times. The most popular way of using it for the menstrual cycle was in the form of tea.
It eases the cramps, regulates the blood flow, and eliminates the chances of uneasiness which is experienced at this time of the month.
For menopausal women, it can work wonders. Usually, ladies complain about low libido and a drop in estrogen levels during this time. Ginseng extract helps in improving libido and satisfaction.
You may also be interested in things to avoid during periods.
Ginseng may have sexual benefits for both men and women. Asian and American ginseng are known for their sexual benefits but the renowned one is the Indian ginseng also known as ashwagandha.
It has been considered the most effective herb in Ayurveda for providing energy, relaxing the mood, and increasing stamina. Not only this, it provides longevity.
It could boost low libido, and could also help your body in fighting the symptoms of low testosterone levels. For women also, it helps to reduce sexual dysfunction and provides lubrication and satisfaction.
Since ginseng has antioxidants it reduces oxidative stress. Moreover, it reduces the symptoms and anxiety and related disorders.
Its extract or supplements keeps the person in a good mood. It may help in fighting depression.
Ginseng For Weight Loss
Several studies have suggested that it has a significant role in weight loss diets. Not only does it inhibit obesity but has an impact on gut microbiota.
Regular use of ginseng tea can help a person lose a huge amount of weight. Ginsenosides reduce hunger which prevents overeating. For this reason, it can be your cutting companion.
Prevention Of Flu
Ginseng is a natural immunity booster that looks after the overall well-being of the body. It has a dual mechanism of strengthening the body and inhibiting the growth of the virus that causes flu.
Studies have suggested that it may stop the growth of viruses and also fight infectious diseases through multiple mechanisms.
When a person is already vaccinated, ginseng offers a double check on the virus and offers more resistance to it. It cleanses the virus better from the body.
More research should be conducted to avail this benefit.
Protection Against Cardiovascular Diseases
Ginseng is known to balance blood pressure and may have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. This may help keep heart diseases at bay. Chances of having a cardiac problem may decrease with regular intake of ginseng.
Ginseng can be a potential antihistamine. It has been used in traditional medicine to cure symptoms like runny noses and itchy eyes.
It may also help people dealing with asthma and allergic rhinitis. Yet the evidence is only from animal studies.
One of the most common and basic uses of ginseng for both traditional and modern medicine is its energy-boosting properties.
It enhances endurance which makes it largely popular among bodybuilders and athletes. This is possible due to the presence of polysaccharides.
This is the main cause of ginseng being used as an energy powder.
Improves Sperm Count Naturally
At the same time, it may help a man’s body by improving the sperm count by preventing factors that damage the sperm. Its regular consumption could improve penile erection as well. This takes place with the help of relaxation of the penile corpus cavernosum.
Having said all this about Ginseng, it is highly recommended that you should take advice from a medical professional before consuming any additional substance.
What Is Ginseng?
Ginseng usually refers to the roots of the plant Panax. Its roots are fleshy and appear like a fork because of extensive branching. The sturdy taproot appears to be like a man’s silhouette.
Hence its other name is also “man root”. It is available in a lot of varieties like American, Korean, Asian, and Chinese. The color-based distinction signifies the years taken for harvesting it.
Fresh ginseng is harvested within 4 years. The white one is harvested in 4-6 years. Red ginseng takes more than 6 years to be harvested.
It is commonly found in the woodland naturally in the region of the US and Canada. The main source is the Ozark region.
It has 5 leaflets each for 3 leaves and red fruits(berries). It grows 8-15 inches tall and the growth is slow. It falls back and grows again in the spring season.
The roots of the plant are the main source of ginseng. The roots appear to be dark tan.
Apart from the natural growth, it is grown for commercial purposes also after it gained popularity for being a natural supplement.
How To Use Ginseng?
Choosing the method of ginseng is a matter of choice and the benefits you want. A lot of methods are available to choose from.
You can use raw root extract, tea, supplement, powder, essential oil, lotions, cream (for skin), and infusion.
Ideally one should consider low doses of ginseng for getting maximum benefits. Consider taking 200 mg extract per day and then it gradually increases up to 400mg.
If you are taking raw ginseng, use 1-2 grams every day. Before meals and workout is the ideal time to take it.
After 2-3 weeks consider giving a small break of a week before starting its use again. Regular use may not give such benefits that are given when you take a break in between.
Consequences Of Using Ginseng
However, this is a natural herb yet using it excessively or in the wrong way at the wrong time could bring harm to your body.
Pregnant and breastfeeding ladies should avoid using ginseng as enough evidence of safety in such cases is still not available. Children and teens should also avoid using this energy herb.
Though it doesn’t have any serious allergy cases, Korean red ginseng has been accused of some. American ginseng is relatively safer in cases of allergy.
People with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels as ginseng may lower it too much. Always ask your doctor before using it.
It may cause nausea or lightheadedness in cases of overdose. As it is an energy herb, it may lead to insomnia in some cases.
Ginseng is a great herb for overall health. It takes care of physical and mental well-being. This traditionally popular herb is now backed up by scientific research.
As more research is being conducted on the potential benefits, it has a great scope in the medical and sports sector.
Some of the benefits of using ginseng are better cognitive function, boosted energy and immunity, and anti-allergic and anti-cancer effects.
Though it is a great herb with numerous benefits, overdose is never a smart choice. Take prescribed doses only.
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Michael has been in the male wellness industry for 25+ years. Before joining Working For Health as a full-time male wellness journalist, he contributed to multiple online portals in the male wellness field. Before that, he has been an assistant to several sexologists.