Ginseng: what it is, how it's used, and what it's good for
Ginseng is a great alternative to caffeine if you need energy. Plus, it’s full of vitamins and minerals!
Ginseng is a medicinal plant known for its restorative powers. It is one of the best natural energy boosts out there, both physically and mentally. In addition, it is much healthier than energy drinks, which aren’t very good for your nervous system.
Find out in this article what ginseng is, how it is used and what it’s for. You may be surprised by all the health issues this root can help with. Fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression are just a few. Plus, there are no side effects.
Ginseng is a very popular plant, especially in Chinese traditional medicine and today in the United States. It is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron and zinc.
There are many varieties of the ginseng plant. However, all of them have similar healing properties, although the best known is Chinese, Asian or red ginseng (Panax ginseng). It has a distinctive shape, similar to the mandrake.
There is another quite popular variety, the Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), very common in this part of Russia. It is especially good for counteracting radiation. In any case, both varieties share the benefits we’ll go over here.
What is it for?
Consuming ginseng stimulates your body in different ways but without negatively affecting your nervous system like soda, alcoholic drinks, and caffeine do. When you drink ginseng instead, the result is an improvement in your performance without the ups and downs.
Therefore it helps with:
- Physical and mental stress, especially for students and athletes.
- Anxiety and mild depression, because it is an adaptogen. Ginseng helps balance your body and energy.
- Fatigue and exhaustion.
- Weakness and anemia.
Ginseng also helps with these health issues:
- Signs of aging, as it contains powerful antioxidants.
- Menopause (especially Siberian ginseng).
- Hypertension and hypotension.
- Memory, concentration, and learning problems, as it improves blood flow to the brain.
- Weakened immune system.
- Cardiovascular issues, promoting good circulation and reducing high cholesterol.
- Blood sugar, preventing insulin resistance.
- Erectile dysfunction and fertility issues in men (Asian ginseng).
How is it used?
- You can find ginseng in capsules or tablets at pharmacies or natural food stores. You can also use the root itself to make medicinal teas.
- It is very important to take the remedies in the morning. Otherwise you may have trouble sleeping.
- Don’t take it for long periods of time without any breaks. One or two weeks at a time is usually best. It could be in preparation for an athletic competition or stressful time, and if you need to continue the treatment, take two weeks off before starting again.
- Do not take too high of a dose, because it could cause make you tense.
- As with almost all natural remedies, see a doctor before taking it if you have any medical conditions or concerns.
- It is not recommended to take ginseng if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is also not recommended to give to children.