Ginseng is a herb used by the Chinese culture since thousands of years and has many healing properties. The name Ginseng is derived from the Greek language which means all cure and wonder of the world. The 2 common Ginseng herbs that can be found in the market are Panax Ginseng and Panax quinquefolius and both these types of Ginseng have similar healing properties.
The only difference between these 2 types of Ginseng herbs is that Panax quinquefolius also known as American Ginseng is renowned for its cooling properties which help in healing fever and respiratory track disorders, on the other hand Panax Ginseng also known as Asian Ginseng has heating properties and can improve circulation in the body. Studies indicate that people who consume Asian Ginseng for a period of 4 months build a resistance to the cold virus and do not contract cold as frequently as compared to those who do not take Ginseng.
Ginseng is often referred to as an adaptogen since it has the ability to increase resistance to stress of all kinds and also helps building energy. Other benefits of Ginseng include the ability to reduce sugar glucose levels and the ability to rejuvenate wrinkled, damaged and dry skin. Ginseng can also reduce erectile dysfunction and a study indicates that 60 men were given Ginseng for 6 month and 60% of the participants reported significant improvement as compared to 30% who were given placebo. One must remember that Ginseng has to be taken on a regular basis in order to cure erectile dysfunction.
Words of caution
Ginseng should not be consumed by people with heart problems as Ginseng lowers the heart beat rate. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid ginseng and people affected with hormone dependent illnesses such as breast cancer, uterine fibroids should not use Ginseng.