Ginseng Benefits And Information: Ginseng As A Powerful Adaptogen! - Vitamin & Herbal Supplements

Ginseng Benefits And Information: Ginseng As A Powerful Adaptogen!

Ginseng is an herb that’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. The Chinese believed that using ginseng regularly would promote longevity and improve mental and physical health. There are two related species marketed as “ginseng”: Panax ginseng (Asian Ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius(American Ginseng).

Both are perennial herbs with thick, pale yellowish-brown roots that often resemble a human body. The roots can be used to produce either white or red ginseng. The difference in color is due to the processing: white ginseng is simply dried after harvesting, while red ginseng is steamed before drying.

Ginseng is marketed primarily as an adaptogen, to improve stamina, immunity and tolerance to stress. It’s also claimed that ginseng can enhance libido and athletic performance.

The active ingredients in ginseng are triterpene glycosides known collectively as “ginsenosides.” Experiments on ginsenosides have shown they may have neuroprotective, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing), anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing effects—although human (and larger animal) clinical trials with isolated ginsenosides are lacking.

There are, however, plenty of human studies using the herb itself (dried roots or standardized extracts). Ginseng has been investigated for…

Ginseng is available in capsules, tablets, tinctures and teas. To be effective, a ginseng product should be standardized for ginsenosides.

The most potent teas are made from wild mountain root ginseng known as jilin root or ji lin shen.

People searching for products may also encounter “Siberian ginseng.” Despite the name, this is an unrelated species, Eleutherococcus senticosus (aka “Eleuthero”).

Although there’s some overlap in their effects, it’s important to note that the studies cited above apply to Asian and American ginsengs only.

While ginseng is generally a safe herb to take, some people find that higher doses cause agitation, insomnia or diarrhea. People with medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes should talk to their medical providers before using ginseng to treat these conditions. Ginseng may also interfere with blood-thinning medications such as warfarin.

Looking to experiment with ginseng? The Paradise Herbs brand Panax Ginseng is standardized for ginsenosides and is available from our recommended online retailer,

Author: Paul

Paul Crane is the founder of His passions include supplements, working out, motorcycles, guitars... and of course, his German Shepherd dogs.

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