Properties of Ginseng
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF PANAX GINSENG
Characteristics of ginseng
Common noun: Ginseng, Asian ginseng, Korean ginseng, Chinese ginseng
Drawing of the plant (Drawing by courtesy of dibujosparapintar.com)
Scientific Noun: Panax ginseng Meyer. The word "Panax" in Greek means cure. This word was formerly so named because it was believed that it cured everything.
Habitat: From eastern Siberia, northeastern China and Korea where it can grow through the trees of pine and fir forests. It prefers shade exposure and a well-drained soil, though moist, and rich in humus. Because of the spoliation to which it has been subjected in their home countries, ginseng has become a genuine relic, that can hardly be found in original places. Russia has declared it a protected species.
Ginseng shortage, along with the peculiar characteristics of being a slow-growing species that often remains dormant, makes most of ginseng sold today not to be originally "wild". It comes from controlled crops, most of them from Asian countries (Korea, China and Japan mainly), American countries, such as Canada and the United States and some European countries like Germany and Bulgaria. The fame of this plant as a "cure" has determined that many specimens can be found cultivated in many gardens or terraces in many parts of the world.
Description of ginseng
It is a plant of the Araliaceae family up to 60 cm tall.
Composite leaves with five leaflets, serrated, in whorls.
Types of ginseng
There are various forms of ginseng which correspond to the same species, according to place of origin, the form of cultivation, plant age, and so on. The main ones are:
Components of ginseng
GINSENG HEALING PROPERTIES
Internal use remedies with ginseng
A plant to overcome life problems
Ginseng is considered one of the best plants to balance the body. The reason for this property is due to the presence of ginsenosides principles which tend to stabilize the body's balance, which is known in scientific terms as adaptogenic properties. These properties can be exploited in situations like the following:
Ginseng to strengthen your brain
Ginseng, for its anti platelet components and its vasodilating properties, improves circulation of blood. by means of keeping your capillaries clean and dilated. This action promotes a better irrigation of the brain with the consequent improvement of mental work. Ingestion of ginseng improves intellectual activity by increasing memory and the capacity of understanding. So, it eases the learning process. Some studies carried out in groups of students demonstrated the performance of tests improved with the use of ginseng.
People who have concentration problems should use this remedy with some frequency. Its ability to keep the brain in a better state makes researchers think about the possible use of this remedy to improve the conditions of Alzheimer's disease. (Decoction of 10% of dried plant. A glass a day)
Ginseng helps to combat some symptoms of schizophrenia by increasing the production of endorphins that have a positive effect on the mind of the schizophrenic. (Decoction of a gram of dried root per glasses of water. One cup a day)
Because it contains antiplatelet and vasodilator properties, it improves blood circulation by keeping your arteries clean and dilating your capillaries. This promotes a better irrigation of the brain with the consequent improvement of mental work. The ingestion of ginseng improves intellectual activity because it increases memory, comprehension ability and ease of learning. Very useful for memory loss (amnesia)
Ginseng lowers cholesterol and balances the sugar levels in of blood
Ginseng contains over 20 useful principles to lower cholesterol. This property, together with its ability to improve blood circulation, makes the root of this plant a very worthwhile instrument to keep the circulatory system in good condition.
Ginseng, immune system booster
By stimulating the formation of white blood cells, ginseng can strengthen the immune system, which prevents the occurrence of many bacterial or viral diseases. It has been found that tincture of ginseng has anti tumor properties, because it is able to neutralize the growth of some cancer cells.
The stimulant power of gingseng
Contraindications, toxicity and precautions
Administered in adequate doses, it generally presents no contraindication. A rest should be taken after every two or three weeks of treatment. Exceeding allowable dose or taking it for a long time without interruption can lead to problems of nervousness, inability to sleep, nausea, stomach pain, headache and muscle tension.
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