Scientific Name: Panax Ginseng
Other Names: Asian Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng,
Ginseng, Panax, Guigai, Japanese Ginseng, Korean Ginseng, Ninjin,
Oriental Ginseng, Panax schinseng, Seng
Who is this for?
Strengthening the body
NOTE: Panax ginseng is different from
American ginseng and Eleuthero (formerly Siberian ginseng). They
are not interchangeable.
Ginseng is the most famous Chinese herb. It is the most widely
recognized plant used in traditional medicine. Various forms of
ginseng have been used in medicine for more than 7000 years.
Ginsengs are best known as “adaptogens”, which are
substances that may help individuals cope with physical and
emotional stress. As a part of traditional Chinese medicine for
thousands of years, Panax ginseng has been used to treat almost
every possible ailment from anxiety to cancer. Currently, it is
used extensively in Oriental countries as an everyday tonic to
maintain overall health as well as to treat several illnesses,
including heart conditions.
Panax ginseng is related to American ginseng, but they differ in
some important aspects. Panax ginseng is native to Asia, while
American ginseng originated on the North American continent. The
two plants have slightly different chemical compositions. The most
notable difference is that Panax ginseng has higher levels of a
steroid-like chemical (ginsenoside) known as Rg1 and lower levels
of another ginsenoside — Rb1. Both Rg1 and Rb1 have some
similar effects – they are both believed to enhance memory,
for example. However, Rb1 may have more stress-relieving effects;
while Rg1 have more impact on the immune system.
In western herbal medicine, Panax ginseng’s immune
regulating effects have been studied for potential effectiveness in
preventing colds, flu, and some forms of cancer. In clinical
studies, Panax ginseng has been shown to lower blood levels of both
sugar and cholesterol, therefore it may help treat type 2 diabetes
and high cholesterol. Its other potential uses are not as well
defined, however. In separate studies of laboratory animals and
humans, Panax ginseng showed a relaxing effect on muscles in the
lungs. The resulting airway expansion may help relieve asthma
symptoms and other lung conditions that result from constricted
airways. In other studies, a combination of Panax ginseng and
gingko is believed to have boosted memory and thinking processes.
Early results from laboratory study may show that chemicals in
Panax ginseng promote the growth of blood vessels, which could be
valuable in treating extensive injuries. All of these possible
effects continue to be studied.
When it is applied to the skin, Panax ginseng may increase the
production of both collagen and blood vessels. Collagen is a
protein makes up most of the connective tissues that support skin.
Because collagen production generally decreases with aging,
collagen supplementation may prevent or improve signs of aging such
as wrinkles and age lines. Additionally, Rg1 and other chemicals in
Panax ginseng seem to promote angiogenesis — the growth of
new blood vessels. While angiogenesis allows tumors to spread, it
also helps wounds to heal and restores blood flow to injured
tissue. Topical Panax ginseng creams and lotions are also used to
treat acne scars and skin wounds.
Both topical and oral forms of Panax ginseng are used to treat
erectile dysfunction in men. One large study also found that taking
Panax ginseng orally improved male fertility by increasing number,
quality, and movement of sperm. Although the exact reasons that
Panax ginseng may enhance male fertility are not completely known,
chemicals in Panax ginseng are believed to activate the body system
that increases production of certain hormones. Whether Panax
ginseng increases testosterone levels in the blood is uncertain,
however. Nevertheless, due to proposed hormonal activation, Panax
ginseng is frequently added to sports drinks or supplements as a
way to enhance athletic performance, even though no evidence
supports this use.
Through the same activation of hormone production, chemicals in
Panax ginseng are thought to exert an effect similar to the female
hormone, estrogen. In some laboratory studies, Panax ginseng
accelerated the growth of breast cancer cells, perhaps by
activating estrogen receptors. Other laboratory and animal studies
suggest that Panax ginseng may increase blood levels of substances
that the body converts into estrogen. Results of a recent chemical
analysis show that some of Panax ginseng’s possible
estrogenic effects may be due to a fungus that frequently
contaminates Panax ginseng roots. Much more research is needed to
understand more clearly Panax ginseng’s possible
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