Sunday, June 19, 2011

Panax Ginseng – Monograph

Common Name – American Ginseng

Botanical name – Panax Ginseng or Panax Quinquefolius

Active Constituents – Ginsenosides

So what is American Ginseng good for?

Ginseng both American and Asian are considered to be adaptogens. Adaptogenes are herbs that help the body to adapt to changes. Ginseng is known to help the body cope with stress both mental and physical. Ginseng has been found to help lower sugar levels in diabetics and also help alleviate fatigue in cancer patients. Ginseng has also been found to have cancer preventing qualities.

If you are working hard and feeling stressed out ginseng may just be the right thing to help give you some more energy.

How should you take ginseng?

Ginseng is usually given as part of an herbal formula. It can be taken in pill form on its own to help with fatigue and stress, follow the directions on the label.

Tincture – 30-60 drops twice a day not at night.

You can make a ginseng decoction or ginseng tea by boiling a piece of ginger about the size of the top section of your thumb in one and a help cups of water for a half hour. You should drink two cups a day preferably between meals.


People with insomnia or high blood pressure as well as people taking anti-depressants should not take ginseng.

Clinical studies on health benefits

 The cancer-preventive potential of Panax ginseng: a review of human and experimental evidence.

  Effects of tissue-cultured mountain ginseng (Panax ginseng CA Meyer) extract on male patients with erectile dysfunction


Korean red ginseng (Panax ginseng) improves glucose and insulin regulation in well-controlled, type 2 diabetes: Results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of efficacy and safety

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