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Tip: What’s the rave about Ginseng? Ginseng is known to have many mental and physical health benefits.
Ginseng is one of the most popular and widely-researched herbs on the planet and is close to being a natural cure-all.
In fact, the botanical name for ginseng is “Panax ginseng” — Panax meaning “all-heal” or “panacea.”
Ginseng Relieves Stress
Ginseng is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbal remedies that make you more resilient to mental, physical, and environmental stress.They generally work by reducing the stress hormone cortisol while strengthening the adrenal glands.
Ginseng Boosts Mood and Mental Well-Being
Ginseng creates a relaxed but alert state similar to that experienced by drinking green tea.
Study participants often report the following benefits of ginseng: improved overall well-being and better energy, sleep, sex life, and personal satisfaction.
Ginseng is a main ingredient in the traditional Chinese herbal formula Kai Xin San. This combination of herbs has been found to be just as good as Prozac for treating depression by regulating levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Ginseng Boosts Energy, Endurance & Strength
Energy boosting is one of ginseng’s most well-known benefits. It’s been used to increase strength and stamina for thousands of years. It’s good for healthy people who want to increase their physical performance and for those coping with disease-based fatigue.
The mental and energy boosts from ginseng are smooth and not like that from coffee. It won’t make you jittery or crash.
Ginseng has been shown to reduce fatigue and increase energy in cancer patients.
It’s one of the more useful herbal remedies for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). More than half of those who try it report a boost in energy. It’s been equally useful for those with unexplained chronic fatigue.
Ginseng Keeps You Young Inside and Out
The Chinese believe that ginseng promotes longevity and they may be onto something. For instance, it keeps your skin healthy and can reduce wrinkles when taken orally.
It treats male pattern baldness when applied topically and taken internally concurrently.
It increases circulation, sending more blood to all your organs.
Ginseng protects major organs such as the heart, liver and kidneys from aging and damage.
When taken by middle-aged men, ginseng reduces overall mortality from all causes.
Ginseng Improves Memory and Mental Performance
Ginseng works as a brain booster and protector. It can improve mental performance and ability to concentrate.
As an antioxidant it helps prevent free radical damage to vulnerable brain cells.
It also helps prevent memory loss and protect against age-related mental decline.
Taking Panax ginseng root daily for 12 weeks can improve mental performance in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
It also improves memory in stroke patients.
When both ginseng and Ginkgo biloba are included in a brain supplement, they seem to have a synergistic effect, improving short-term memory and minimizing symptoms of ADHD.
Ginseng Is Nature’s Viagra
Ginseng has a long history of being used to improve libido and sexual function in both men and women.
It is considered an aphrodisiac in traditional Chinese medicine and is used to restore sexual function in men.
Korean red ginseng is particularly useful for men with erectile dysfunction, helping in 60% of cases.
Ginseng can help women with unwanted symptoms of menopause, especially low libido, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue.
Ginseng Boosts Your Immune System
Ginseng increases the number of immune cells in the blood.
Taking ginseng can reduce your risk of getting the flu or a cold. And if you do catch a cold, ginseng can reduce its length and severity of symptoms.
Oddly, ginseng enhances the effectiveness of vaccines if taken concurrently.
It increases immune function for those with chronic fatigue syndrome and HIV.
Ginseng shows promise as a natural remedy for fibromyalgia. It reduces the pain, inflammation, insomnia, and anxiety that often accompany this condition.
Ginseng’s unique set of compounds — ginsenosides — are the active ingredients responsible for modulating the immune response.