Understanding Ginseng

Feb 21

Understanding Ginseng

While browsing through the supplements counter of your favorite supermarket store, you may have come across the herb ginseng. Immensely popular and known for its use in treating a wide range of illnesses and health conditions, this Chinese herb is believed to be one of the best herbs. Let’s take a closer look and understand what does ginseng do, what is ginseng good for, ginseng tea and ginseng supplements, and how they can help you. What does Ginseng Do? Ginseng, a popular Chinese herb, which is now a component of many natural herbal treatments and supplements, holds many therapeutic and medicinal properties. It is believed to contain steroid-like components called ginsenosides, which produces a ‘heating’ action that improves circulation and overall well-being. When taken orally, ginseng is believed to have an aphrodisiac, nourishing, adaptogenic and stimulating functions, which improve health and wellness of the individual. What is Ginseng good for? Now that we’ve understood how ginseng works and what does ginseng do, it’s time to turn our attention to the next important questions-what is ginseng good for? Ginseng supplements and extracts may be beneficial to people suffering from the following disorders or health conditions- Diabetes- ginseng extracts are believed to reduce blood sugar levels Memory issues- ginseng is believed to boost memory and improve cognitive function Erectile dysfunction- ginseng is surprisingly effective in dealing with many disorders of the reproductive system, even erectile dysfunction Hair problems- ginseng extracts are used in many cosmetic products to stimulate re-growth of hair and prevent balding, especially androgenic alopecia in men. Skin disorders- ginseng acts as a wonderful skin tonic and promotes cell regeneration, slows down ageing, detoxifies the blood, improves complexion and rehydrates the skin. Weight loss issues- those attempting to lose weight can benefit by taking ginseng supplements- they are natural and speeds up metabolism and fat burning process of the body. Cancer side-effects- those suffering from the side effects associated with cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation etc) can have reduced severity of side effects after taking ginseng supplements. Cancer- taking ginseng supplements or extracts is believed to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors, especially in colorectal cancer. PMS- Women suffering from menstrual cramps, low libido and mood swings can be helped...

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Ginseng Benefits Decoded

Feb 11

Ginseng Benefits Decoded

Think about Chinese herbs and remedies, and the first one that probably comes up to your mind is ginseng. The ancient Chinese, and other cultures around the world have been using this very herb as a natural remedy for a wide range of illnesses and health conditions, and people have experienced enormous benefits of doing so. While there do exist many different types of ginseng, most of them work in the same way, and have positive health benefits. The root of this herb holds the best therapeutic properties, and is thought to prevent certain health conditions too, without any side effects whatsoever. Here we’ve listed down the best health benefits ginseng, and its various types offers. Read on… Ginseng Benefits While there do exist different kinds of ginseng, there are certain health benefits that are common to all these types. Here we’ve listed down the ginseng benefits common to all- Ginseng extracts may help speed up recovery of individuals suffering from certain illnesses. They also improve physical and mental performance, improves stamina, and gives you an energy boost. Another great one of ginseng benefits is that it may help lower down stress levels, and help you tackle day-to-day situations better and in a more positive frame of mind. Some research suggests it may also tackle fatigue and weakness. The extraordinary adaptogenic properties of ginseng may be helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels and stimulate cardiovascular health. Another amazing noteworthy plus among the different ginseng benefits is its superb anti-ageing property, which makes it even more popular. Siberian Ginseng Benefits Siberian ginseng is known for its effective adaptogenic properties, which make it among one of the best herbs. You may often come across Siberian ginseng being used in dietary supplements and skincare and beauty products too. Here we’ve listed down some of the best Siberian ginseng benefits you must know about. When given in the early stages of cold, Siberian ginseng reduces the severity of symptoms associated with it, and brings about relief. Taking Siberian ginseng in the powdered form may help lower blood cholesterol levels, reduce oxidative stress and thereby prevent major cardiovascular conditions. Another commendable Siberian ginseng benefits is its ability to ease arthritis pain when ingested. Patients...

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Ginseng- Benefits, Types and More

Feb 09

Ginseng- Benefits, Types and More

Characterized by their fleshy roots which resemble a man’s legs, ginseng plants are used widely as a treatment against several disorders and health conditions, particularly in Chinese herbal medicine. The therapeutic use of this herb is such that it is not only consumed as a herb, but also added to tonics and supplements and even make up for a good portion of some herbal beauty products and cosmetics. Infact, in the early times, ginseng had sparked international trade, and was exchanged in place of raw silk, which highlights the importance of this Chinese herb. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of ginseng, their uses, side effects and more. Read on… Uses of Ginseng Though there is limited evidence to support the use of ginseng as a treatment of various health disorders and conditions, herbal medicine practitioners and experts believe that this herb could hold valuable healing properties. A study from Mayo Clinic found how the extracts of ginseng could be helpful in boosting energy levels, stimulating physical and mental activity among those weak and tired, and may also help patients with fatigue. Another study, published in the Journal of Dairy Science found how ginseng extracts, when mixed with fortified milk, could help improve cognitive function. Yet another research conducted at the Medical School of Nantong University found that ginseng extracts were indeed, effective in boosting thinking ability and cognitive function. Ginseng is also a good source of ginsenosides, which are packed with immunosuppressant effects, which reduce inflammation and pain associated with autoimmune disorders like arthritis, rheumatism etc. Some studies have also found ginseng to possess anti-cancer properties and help men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Siberian Ginseng Also known as Eleuthero, Siberian ginseng is extremely popular, thanks to its amazing health benefits. The extracts of Siberian ginseng are sometimes even used in skincare products and cosmetics. Several studies have supported the use of Siberian ginseng as a natural treatment for cold and cough, since this herb is believed to hold excellent immune boosting properties that sometimes even prevent seasonal cold. Some other studies have also found Siberian ginseng extracts to be an effective treatment for fatigue, pain associated with osteoarthritis, and high cholesterol levels and more. Korean...

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Ginseng – Understanding the Wonder Herb

Feb 07

Ginseng – Understanding the Wonder Herb

Among the various branches of traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine seems to stand out a winner. Chinese herbs are being used to heal different ailments of the body today, and have managed to work wonderfully, sometimes even better than conventional drugs and medications, when it comes to disease treatment and prevention. Among the many herbs used in Chinese herbal medicine, Ginseng is the most popular thanks to its excellence and versatility. Let’s take a closer look at this Chinese herb, its various types, and how you can use them to your benefit. What is Ginseng? Found growing in the northern hemisphere, ginseng is basically an herb, used by herbalists and natural medicine practitioners around the world to deal with different health conditions. Though the entire plant has wonderful therapeutic properties, it is ginseng root which holds the best benefits. There are many different types of ginseng, and the extracts of this herb are commonly used as a stimulant, an aphrodisiac and for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and different sexual disorders, in particular. Korean Ginseng Korean ginseng is basically a type of ginseng, and is particularly known for its use in health conditions like cold, flu, herpes simplex infection, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and some mental disorders too. The use of Korean ginseng, just like any other herb, should be done with caution as it may lead to certain side effects (very rare, only in people who are allergic to the herb), drug interactions or some other complications (in very weak individuals such as elderly, pregnant women, infants and immunocompromised people). Taking Korean ginseng is believed to have the following health benefits- Better mental efficiency Reduced fatigue Lower blood pressure Lower blood sugar Body balance Optimum immune system function A libido boost Relief from stress and fatigue Reduced symptoms of arthritis Siberian Ginseng Also known as Eleuthero, Siberian ginseng is yet another type of ginseng, and is rather popular, thanks to its use in skincare and beauty. While the research on Siberian ginseng, just like other herbs, is fairly limited, there are certain health benefits commonly observed among individuals who use it as a herbal treatment. Siberian ginseng offers the following health benefits- Protection from cold and cough An...

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