Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng)

The leaves and roots of Panax ginseng (also known as Asian ginseng) have traditionally being used as natural remedies for a number of health conditions by the ancient Chinese and by other cultures on various continents.

This Asian type of ginseng is known to help resolving sexual dysfunctions in men, including: erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Panax ginseng has traditionally been taken as an aphrodisiac and sexual stimulant as well.

The dried roots or leaves from this plant contain phytoestrogens, which are equivalents to the female sex hormone estrogen, but are not naturally produced by the body, and rather are derived from certain types of foods. Phytoestrogens are known to help regulate cholesterol levels and help maintain normal and healthy bone density in women in their menopause. Panax ginseng has been used as a remedy for diabetes type II as well.

Some research suggests that the phytoestrogens may have a protective effect for the human body against the development of cancer (prostate, bowel, breast, ovarian, liver, lung, and others) as well as against cardiovascular diseases, brain disorders and osteoporosis.

Panax ginseng can be found in various energy drinks, as well as in hair care or other cosmetics products. It is recognized as a natural way to boost concentration, memory and physical stamina, and help in the learning process as well as for completing complex or hardy physical activities.

Many people choose to use Panax ginseng as a remedy for general wellbeing.

Some choose to take it as a treatment for depression, stress, anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Panax ginseng is sometimes used as a natural remedy to help fight off cystic fibrosis – the infections and inflammations caused by lung diseases.

For other supporters of traditional herbal medicine, Panax ginseng is a remedy for diabetes (it reduces glucose levels), stomach inflammations such as gastritis, as well as protection against the development of serious diseases such as: COPD, asthma and anemia.

Others consider it a great hangover cure or even use it to reduce the alcohol levels in their blood as well.

Some people use this natural remedy to resolve problems with nausea, vomiting, pregnancy complications, dizziness and insomnia.

The fact is that while in the Western world, this herbal remedy is used as a stimulator, in Asia it is traditionally used in lower doses for calming down and normalizing the blood pressure and heart rate.

Although it has an almost universal medical effect, Panax ginseng can cause fluctuations in the blood pressure levels, nausea, breast pain or diarrhea. It has known adverse reactions with some prescription drugs, so it should be taken with precaution when taking other medication. For example, in some extreme cases, the Asian ginseng can lead to mania in people who take antidepressants for depression.

There has been ongoing research and clinical trials which have found that people who take Panax ginseng actually have lesser rates of a variety of cancers, such as: ovarian, pancreatic, lung, stomach or liver cancers. Also, some tests involving animals found that cancerous tumors resulting from environmental factors stopped growing when the animals were given Panax ginseng on a regular basis.

Other clinical trials have found that the ginseng decreases inflammatory processes in the organism by triggering an increase of the number of the blood cells, which fight off the inflections. Because of this effect, it is considered an excellent supplement to increase the efficacy of certain vaccines and antibiotics.

Panax ginseng has the ability to help reduce the negative effect and dangers of bad LDL cholesterol in humans. This reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks or strokes.

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