Korean Panax Ginseng Herbal Information
NAME Korean Panax Ginseng
Also known as Chinese Ginseng, Ginseng Root, Red Ginseng, Asian Ginseng, Asiatic Ginger, Panax Ginseng, Oriental Ginseng, Jintsam, Ninjin.
LATIN NAME Panax Ginseng
ORIGIN Korea/ China
PARTS USED Root
TRADITIONAL HERBAL USES AND MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Korean Panax Ginseng is used to promote yang energy, increase the blood supply and improve blood circulation. Panax Ginseng is a stimulant, so it is energizing and can help restore vitality after illness. It is an adaptogen so this means it is indicated as a stress busting herb. Because Panax Ginseng is stimulating and helps buffer the cycle of stress, it stands out as an excellent tonic for the modern lifestyle.
In Chinese medicine it is used as a tonic for the whole body system in times of weakness, fatigue and stress.
It is also an immune booster, as its anti-oxident qualities help to protect the body from disease, it's a feel good herb, as Panax Ginseng boosts the production of endorphins in the brain ( happy brain chemicals). It is also a sexual tonic and aphrodisiac, and it can improve erectile function, increase testosterone and improve sperm count. For woman it regulates the menstrual cycle and improves libido.
Panax Ginseng is known to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes.
Focusing on the benefits of Panax Ginseng for the brain and nervous system, it is indicated as helpful in enhancing and restoring memory, and improving efficiency of mental and physical processing speed. It can lift depression but also regulate and normalize the nervous system. It can aid in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse.
Focusing on the benefits for the heart Panax Ginseng is indicated as useful for improving circulation, and lowering blood pressure. In this way it can prevent heart disease.
Korean Panax Ginseng is produced as a powder and comes in 3 different types, Red, white and Sun. Red Ginseng is the most common type of Ginseng used in Chinese medicine, it is steam cured and then powdered. White ginseng is the fresh ginseng that is peeled and then dried. In Chinese medicine it is the fresh white Ginseng that is known to be cooler than the red Ginseng. The best white ginseng is actually a very pale yellow.
FOLKLORE AND HISTORY
It has been used in Chinese medicine for 5000 years. Panax Ginseng is the strongest Ginseng.
Korean Panax Ginseng contains 25 saponins called ginsenosides, flavonoids, glycans (panaxans), maltol, peptides, polysaccharide fraction DPG-3-2, vitamins A, vitamins B6 and other B vitamins, volatile oil, Zinc.
TYPICAL PREPARATIONS AND DOSAGE
Typical daily dosage is 1g - 2g. The powder can be taken in a health drink such as a smoothie, fruit juice or milk.
Ginseng is a stimulant and should only be taken with caution, high doses may make some people feel jittery. Panax Ginseng should not be taken in pregnancy, in the cases of high blood pressure, and by those who are taking MAO inhibitor drugs.