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Asian ginseng health benefits

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

There are two common ginseng herbs on the market. Asian ginseng and American ginseng. Sometimes often called Korean or Chinese ginseng which is known as panax ginseng. Asian ginseng health benefits are very similar to American ginseng health benefits, except the effects are slightly different. Both are effective herb that carry the effects for numerous of different health benefits. Asian ginseng is a popular herb that is a native to both China and Korea. It's a perennial plant that belongs to the genus of panax, which explains its name of panax ginseng. The Asian health benefits are meant to have healing properties of the body. It's the most common used herb in the Asian culture.

Both American ginseng (also known as panax quinquefolium) and Asian ginseng health benefits come from a component known as ginsenosides. The component that gives ginseng its health benefits for different ailments. There's also a Serbian ginseng on the market, but doesn't contain the health benefits of American or Asian ginseng. Ginsenosides is not found the Serbian ginseng, which gives American and Asian ginseng it's properties, and is seen as the generic form.


Asian vs American ginseng

Both American and Asian ginseng contains ginsenosides. The difference between the two is American ginseng has a "cooling effect" where Asian ginseng has a "warming" effect. Asian ginseng and American ginseng are made up of similar properties. They also share similar health benefits, but can be used to treat different ailments. Asian ginseng should be used for those treating colds, cold sores, or with low body temperatures. Otherwise you should take American ginseng if you're looking for a cooling effect. Maybe to lower blood pressure, fevers, and for respiratory conditions. Components made up of both Asian and American are ginsenosides, panaxosides, quinquefolans and polysaccharide glycans, and vitamin B6.


Asian ginseng health benefits

Stress - Ginseng is known as a adaptogen that increases the bodies ability to handle stress. Ginseng can improve quality of life making sleep effective, increase energy, and make the body and mind less aggressive. Ginseng is effective in reducing physical, emotional, and mental stress.

Improve sex drive and reduce menopause symptoms - The Asian ginseng health benefits can increase sperm count for men, and prevent against erectile dysfunction. Ginseng acts as a aphrodisiac agent. Red ginseng has been said to reduce menopause symptoms for women and helps to improve mood swings.

Boost the immune system and protects against cancer - Asian ginseng health benefits for the immune system including fighting against cancer cells, preventing against cardiovascular disease, and lowers blood glucose levels. That antioxidants in ginseng will fight off free radical attacks.

Promotes cognitive health and function - Asian ginseng health benefits for cognitive health are at its best when combined with ginkgo, an herb that improves blood and oxygen circulation. Ginseng can help prevent against Alzheimer's, dementia, and provide better cognitive function. It relieves mental stress, and studies have shown that Asian ginseng improves memory function and the ability to concentrate.

Increase stamina - Athletes use ginseng to increase endurance, stamina, to improve their strength in their sport. According to an Asian study, Asian ginseng increased stamina in 332 patients. More studies are needed to determine how conclusive results are in increasing stamina and energy levels.

Other Asian ginseng health benefits: Liver protection, lung conditions, Intracranial pressure, pregnancy problems, Idiopathic therombocytopenic purpura, and kidney dysfunction.

Different Asian ginseng forms: Which Asian ginseng to buy?


Asian ginseng comes in two different forms: white ginseng and red ginseng. White ginseng is not as warm and is dried and peeled. Red ginseng is warmer that has been steamed or sun dried and is produced from cultivated roots. Red ginseng is harvested up to 6 years. Red ginseng is often combine with other herbs. To buy Asian ginseng, you must check the components and label names. Asian gingseng is only harvested in Korea and China. Labels that read Red ginseng, Korean ginseng, Chinese ginseng and Panax ginseng are all Asian ginseng forms. Ginseng should contain ginsenosides.

Ginseng dosage according to University of Maryland 200 mg standardized 1-3 times daily, 1-2 grams of fresh root once daily up to 3 months, 1/2-2 grams of dried root chew and swallow once daily, tincture 1-2 teaspoons 1-3 times daily, fluid extract 1/4-1/2 teaspoonful 1-3 times daily.

Ginseng should not be taken for prolong periods for health benefits. Use it for 2 weeks, then go 2 weeks without, then continue to use again. Asian ginseng side effects can include insomnia, high blood pressure, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Ginseng is not for those who are breast feeding, women with a history of breast cancer, and those suffering from bipolar disorder. Asian ginseng can act as a blood thinner and should not be taken 2 weeks before surgery. Those taking prescribed medications should consult with a doctor before using.


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Comments

Jun 21, 2010 12:49am
believeinfamily
I've taken ginseng for it's health benefits. Thanks for explaining the additional health benefits of ginseng and comparing the types! :)
Apr 14, 2011 8:54pm
CortCaldwell
I used to take some ginseng 15 years ago. Nice article. Thanks for putting this on my radar again!
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