Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries, ginseng is prized for its numerous health benefits, and in TCM it is often blended with other herbs to create “tinctures”, or tea-like tonics. It is one of the most well-known nutritional supplements in the world.
Its appearance is very interesting, it is a twisted root that is light brown in color and has stringy shoots like arms and legs; if you have ever seen the Harry Potter series, it looks similar to those creepy human-like screaming mandrakes (without the faces of course!). Both Asian and American ginseng have similar chemical compounds and generally have similar health benefits, both species are in the Araliaceae plant family.
In this blog we will begin to explore the world of ginseng, and seek to educate you on some of its beloved health benefits.
This energetic, strong drink keeps you active and on your feet all day long naturally boosting your energy. Asian ginseng was also found to reduce fatigue in a study of 332 people. People will often take ginseng tea for endurance, and improved agility, or reaction time.
(Some studies suggest it lowers blood pressure while others found that it causes blood pressure to rise. Until researchers know for sure, you should not take ginseng if you have high blood pressure unless your doctor okays it!)
Ginseng has shown to aid in mental alertness, improve concentration, and cognitive capabilities. To feel more focused, present, and clear minded- try incorporating ginseng teas!
Studies have shown that ginseng is wonderful for women’s health in all seasons of life (it is not recommended for children though).
Ginseng has proven to reduce negative symptoms of menstrual problems, reduces cramps, and relieves stomach pain.
Two well-designed studies evaluating Korean (Asian) ginseng suggest it may relieve some of the negative symptoms of menopause, especially a sense of well-being, elevating mood, feelings of depression, and anxiety.
Studies on ginseng indicate that people who drink ginseng tea have a lower risk of developing cancer over all. Medical experts highly recommend drinking herbal ginseng teas in order to eliminate the risk of cancerous cell growth in the body.
Ginseng’s anti-cancer benefits are easily obtained; a recent study also found that consuming ginseng only 3 times a year led to a big reduction in cancer risk!
Ginseng may increase the healing of bacterial infections treated with antibiotics and improve the immune response to the flu shot.