The ginseng is a plant of Asian origin, that grows in areas of China. Its scientific name is Panax ginseng and it belongs to the araliaceae family , plants that include celery, ivy, and American ginseng. There are many species of ginseng, but the preferred one, both in traditional Chinese medicine and in the West, is Panax ginseng .Of the latter, the tuberous roots are used, whose peculiar shape resembles that of the human body. Ginseng is a plant that reaches 60 centimeters in height; It has serrated (saw-shaped) leaves , composed of divisions of five leaflets. It blooms for about 3 or 4 years and its flowers are small umbels of violet clusters , which produce reddish berries with one or two seeds.Other species of ginseng, such as Japanese ginseng and American ginseng, share active substances, but are not as highly valued as Chinese Panax ginseng . Currently, due to its excessive use, this is considered a threatened plant, since it can hardly be found wild in its natural habitat.

What is ginseng good for?

Although to date scientific research in laboratories continues to investigate the properties and benefits of ginseng, it has been determined that this plant has healing and regulatory effects in humans.

Ginseng is used to:

  • Regulatory and revitalizing effects
  • Improve sexual appetite and stamina
  • Fight fatigue and exhaustion
  • Treat intestinal problems
  • Reconstitute the brain

Regulatory and revitalizing effects

Ginseng has biochemical benefits that favor the sexual, mental, digestive, hormonal and balance aspects of the substances in the body.

Among the purposes of using ginseng are:

  • Erectile disfunction treatment
  • Maintenance of physical endurance
  • Remedy exhaustion
  • Treat sexual loss of appetite
  • Mitigate mental weakness
  • Heal intestinal problems
  • Control diabetes
  • Regulate hypertension
  • Strengthen memory
  • Improve concentration
  • Activate and prolong sexual vigor
  • Supplement the diet
  • Fight anemia
  • Avoid premature ejaculation
  • Reduce bad cholesterol or LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)
  • Improve libido
  • Strengthen the immune system

Improve sexual appetite and stamina

Ginseng in all its forms is used as a sexual appetite stimulant.

The most common use of ginseng has been linked to the problem of male sexual impotence . This is one of the most important reasons why wild plants of this species are highly exploited, and therefore rare.

It is deduced that ginseng promotes a good blood supply, which is essential for an erection to occur. Therefore, it is customary to use the tea of ​​this plant to treat erectile dysfunction .

Ginseng roots are also applied to remedy female frigidity, as it is known to help increase libido in women , thanks to its effects on the nervous system.

Fight fatigue and exhaustion

Both white, brown, and red ginseng are used to treat anemia, physical weakness, and tiredness.

Ginseng has an abundant composition of the following chemical species:

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Manganese
  • Complex B
  • Vitamin D

This plant is ideal to remedy cases of anemia and weakness caused by the deficiency of the aforementioned substances.

To improve physical performance , all types of ginseng are often used, both Chinese and American. The latter has been applied by pre-Columbian peoples, who consumed it, prepared as a tonic against fatigue.

Treat intestinal problems

For millennia, ginseng roots have been used to treat intestinal problems, especially those caused by damage to the liver, pancreas, and lining of the intestines.

Herbal therapists advise ginseng infusions to improve digestion, reduce nausea and reduce inflammation of colitis. It has also been proven that these roots in a suitable preparation help prevent colon cancer .

It should be noted that prolonged use of this plant can cause pain, constipation and discomfort in the digestive system, so it must be prepared and taken under surveillance.

Reconstitute the brain

One of the most popular uses for ginseng roots is as a brain revitalizer and restorer. This recognition is due, in large part, to the significant content of B-complex vitamins, such as thiamine (vitamin B1) , which helps the mind to remain alert and in optimal function.

The B complex vitamins that are part of ginseng help to:

  • The formation of new neurotransmitters (such as serotonin, which regulates mood).
  • Regulate and process the glucose that the brain will use for energy.
  • Control the substances that sustain the nervous system and emotions.

The metallic elements in ginseng also play a role, as follows:

  • Manganese: it is involved in the creation of astrocytes, which are important brain cells for the synapse or neuronal connection.
  • Iron: it is necessary for the creation of platelets, cellular metabolism and tissue oxygenation.

Ginseng also has amino acids and trace elements, which are essential for proper brain function.

Ginseng history

Ginseng plant

For more than 5,000 years, ginseng has been used as an important plant in traditional Chinese medicine. In ancient times, it was believed that the roots of this plant cured everything , so its Latin name refers to this belief in the term Panax , which means “panacea” or “miraculous remedy”.

It is for this same belief that ginseng has been used to treat all kinds of ailments and ailments. It has been prepared to treat problems related to the nervous system , sexual impotence and physical and mental fatigue .

Despite the experience that has been had for centuries, it is in our days that science has had the determination to catalog its active substances, such as:

  • Ginsenosides: natural chemical substances, which are made up of triterpenoid saponins, steroids, and glycosides.

These components and subcomponents help keep hormone and glucose levels stable and serve as cleansers.

Ginseng side effects

The consumption of ginseng does have negative effects , especially if it is ingested in very high doses or for a long time. Being a stimulant, it can cause:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Stomach ache
  • Priapism levers

Ginseng helps lower glucose levels, but it is not a substitute for insulin or anti-hyperglycemic drugs . Even so, care must be taken when taking this plant, to avoid drastic imbalances in glucose levels.

Ginseng is related to birth defects, so its use is not recommended in pregnant women.

This article is informational in nature and is not a substitute for professional medical opinion. Consult a doctor.

Samantha Robson
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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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