Ginseng: a thousand properties, uses and where to find it

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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Ginseng (Panax ginseng) is a universally recognized natural remedy obtained from the roots of some perennial plants belonging to the Araliaceae family. It has traditionally been used for centuries as a tonic and stimulant for the body, especially in China, Korea, Japan and Russia. In ancient times it represented such a powerful and sought-after remedy that its price could be equal to that of gold.

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Il ginseng (Panax ginseng) is a natural remedy universally recognized obtained from the roots of some perennial plants belonging to the Araliaceae family. It has been traditionally used for centuries as tonic and stimulant for the body especially in China, Korea, Japan and Russia. In ancient times it represented a remedy as powerful and sought after as his own price could be equal to that of gold.

In addition to how tonic general for the body and the mind, the ginseng it was mainly used in the treatment of feverish states. Now they are also made other uses, in particular in the case of fatigue and difficulty of concentration. It is interesting to know the meaning of the name ginseng, which links two terms such as gin (man, human) and seng (root).


Properties and benefits of ginseng

Ginseng contains 12 types of bioactive chemicals, one of which is considered capable of decrease blood sugar levels and improve the effects of insulin. The ginseng it also has properties antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antidepressants and aphrodisiacs. It is able to decrease blood cholesterol levels and has positive effects on blood circulation, on memory and concentration. It is also considered to improve lung function.

It can be useful for revitalize a weakened body and to reduce the sense of tiredness and the ability to resist fatigue, as ginseng can stimulate the production of adrenaline. For this reason, the intake of ginseng is often recommended for those who have to endure a lot of physical effort. It is also recommended during convalescence periods, as it stimulates the healing process.

It is also important to know the nutritional properties of ginseng which can be useful to everyone, regardless of age. Since it stimulates the functioning of the endocrine glands, ginseng increases the absorption of vitamins and mineral salts. It is also able to help the body adapt to unfavorable external conditions, such as cold, stress and malnutrition. The quantity of active components present in the roots increases with the passage of time, so much so that it is believed that gingseng is to be considered fully mature when the plant reaches an age of six.

Traditional uses and uses of ginseng

According to traditional Chinese medicine, gingseng can be used for both treatment of hypertension that of the 'hypotension, in case of anemia, arthritis, insomnia, digestive problems and periods of high stress. It is used in the treatment of diabetes, states of debilitation, depression and to slow down the aging process of the body's tissues.

Since it is also one stimulant for the immune system, gingseng is recommended in case of lowering of the body's defenses, especially in winter, in which you can be more frequently subject to colds and fever. It helps with mental fatigue for both young people and adults and the elderly. It is also recommended for seasickness and motion sickness (motion sickness).


Ginseng can interact with the action of any medicines taken. For this reason, if you are following a drug treatment, it is good to consult your doctor before deciding to take ginseng. Ginseng can represent one stimulant too powerful for very sensitive people, that they should stop or reduce their intake if they feel any problems about it.

Where to find ginseng

Ginseng can be found in the form of powder, capsules to swallow, tablets to dissolve in the mouth, prepared for infusions or food supplement. It can be purchased in herbalist's shops, pharmacies or in fair trade shops (where Maca, known as Peruvian ginseng, is available). It is also available online.

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Ginseng is also used for flavoring food products such as coffee, chocolate, herbal teas, black tea and green tea. Dried ginseng root can be purchased in herbal medicine for preparation of infusions ed used in a recommended dose usually between 0,5 and 2 grams per day.

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