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Ginseng Plant

Ginseng Enlightens the Mind

A Byte of Gingseng History

The first recorded use of ginseng is over two thousand years old in Chinese Medicine. Ginseng was recommended for enlightening the mind and increasing wisdom by the famous Chinese Emperor Shen Nung.

Ginseng has since been used for thousands of years to improve the overall health of us mortal human beings.

Closely related to Asian ginseng is American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.), which is sometimes preferred for its milder effects.

Ginseng is one of the most effective anti-aging supplements. It can alleviate some major effects of aging, such as degeneration of the blood system, and increase mental and physical capacity.

Ginseng is widely used in the United States to improve overall energy, vitality and endurance for sports performance. It also has the same ability during times of fatigue or stress for anyone. Another important benefit of ginseng is its support in cancer treatment.

While there is not enough scientific clinical evidence to support an energy boosting effect by some medical professionals, herbalists believe ginseng, when combined with other herbs, promote healthy energy levels, stamina and vitality. In addition, there are studies showing its potential value in normalizing glucose levels after meals in diabetics, stimulating immune function, and treating male impotence.

Ginseng Extract

Red Panax Ginseng Extract has been used for centuries to combat weakness and provide extra energy. Helps support immune function, even under stress.

For many years, panax ginseng has been considered an herb capable of great healing and strengthening. Ginseng is classified as an adaptogen, a substance that helps restore the body to proper balance without side effects. Get some now!

Possible Interactions

If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use ginseng without first talking to your health care provider:

  • Anti-Diabetic medications -- American ginseng may lower blood sugar levels. Therefore, this herb may interfere with the effectiveness of blood sugar lowering prescription medications. Talk with your health care provider before using American ginseng if you are taking medicines for diabetes, including insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents.
  • Blood thinning medications -- Some reports have indicated that ginsenosides may possibly decrease the effectiveness of warfarin, a blood-thinning medication. In addition, ginsenosides may inhibit platelet activity and, therefore, should probably not be used with aspirin either.
  • Psychiatric medications -- American ginseng may exaggerate the effects of medications used in various psychiatric disorders, so they should not be taken together. There have been reports of a possible interaction between Asian ginseng and the antidepressant medication, phenelzine (which belongs to a class known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors, resulting in symptoms ranging from manic-like episodes to headache and tremulousness.
  • Morphine -- Asian ginseng may block the painkilling effects of morphine.

See also: Ginseng as an Herb

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