English name: (Oriental) ginseng
Botanical name: Panax ginseng C.A. Mey.
Pharmaceutical name: Ginseng radix
Part used: dried root
Panax ginseng is a perennial herb, up to 60 cm tall, with a single unbranched stem bearing a whorl of 3-5-palmate leaves at the top, each with 5 leaflets that have finely serrated margins. The flower head sits on a long stalk, which grows out of the leaf whorl, and develops into bright-red berries. Native to Eastern Asia and cultivated in China, Japan, and Korea. Wild ginseng is listed as an endangered species and cultivated ginseng is of varying quality.
Fatigue, diarrhea, coughing, poor appetite, excessive perspiration, palpitations, shortness of breath, diabetes
Adaptogenic, Thymoleptic, Stimulant, Tonic, Hypoglycaemic, Immunostimulant, Hepatoprotective, Cardioprotective, Antiarrhythmic.
Ginseng can stimulate the central nervous system, speed up nerve impulses, and maintain balance in the cerebral cortex. When administered in a small dosage, ginseng can contract the heart like a cardiac glycoside or cause blood pressure to rise slightly. It can also lower blood sugar and regulate cholesterol metabolism, which is why ginseng is effective for the treatment of diabetes and for lowering the level of blood cholesterol. In addition, ginseng can also increase the ability of macrophages to ingest and destroy microorganisms, which means it can increase the level of the body's immune functions.
Pregnancy, Lactation, Acute asthma, hypertension, acute infections.
Suggested Use: One capsule daily, with food, or as directed by your health care professional or pharmacist.