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Panax ginseng is popularly known as the well-being medication. Many people wonder what brought about that name. Does the ancient plant native to the Asian countries like Siberia, China, and Korea really possess all the amazing benefits it was known for?
Because of the active compound found in Panax ginseng(Ginsenoside or Panaxosides), the plant differs from all the others of its kind. And it is also the most popular among the ones used for therapeutic purposes.
Because of the active components in the plant, it has been widely used for treating and preventing inflammations and promoting a healthy life. It has a soothing effect against a variety of conditions like chronic fatigue, stress, depression, rapid aging, diabetes, and many more. Because of its effect on a lot of body systems, it seems to have earned the name it was called.
Benefits of Panax Ginseng
#1: It improves cognitive abilities
It is known for improving mental function in middle-aged individuals and people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It prevents the onset of mental illness (dementia) and helps prolong mental activities. It also has its own unique way of reducing alcohol intoxication on the brain.
#2: It boosts energy
Studies have proven that due to some specific compounds found in Panax ginseng, it can help reduce fatigue while boosting mental and physical activity. The compounds help reduce oxidative stress and increase energy production within the cells.
#3: It has potent antioxidant properties
Panax.G contains ginsenosides which serve as a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substance. These substances help in preventing inflammation of the nerves around body tissues.
#4: It relieves stress
It has been shown to promote quick recovery after stress as it also functions as an adaptogen boosting energy and mood levels. It does this by altering the hormonal levels in the body. Panax ginseng also improves memory performance in young adults.
#5: It improves lung function
Panax ginseng helps reduce symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) while also preventing infections of the lungs.
#6: It boosts the immune system
Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties put it in a great position to prevent different microbial infections. It also boosts the effect of vaccination for some diseases like influenza, RSV, hepatitis C, and rotavirus.
#7: Effective in treating erectile dysfunction in men
When the herb is applied early and removed before intercourse, it can help prevent premature ejaculation.
#8: It improves blood sugar levels and diabetes
The herb has glucose regulatory properties that help in reducing blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Its active compound also helps in improving insulin resistance and insulin production.
#9: It delays premature aging
The antioxidant property of Panax ginseng makes it great for fighting off negative radicals that cause premature aging.
Panax Ginseng Usage
Right now, the topical application of Panax ginseng remains the safest option. This is because oral consumption of the herbal supplement could cause prolonged effects on your endocrine system.
The effect of Panax ginseng starts to be felt about 10-20 minutes after intake. That is the time is takes it to circulate through the bloodstream. This is the time its effects on the brain can be observed too. Also, when the supplement is taken with a good diet and rest, improvement can also be seen as quickly as possible.
Possible Side Effects
As effective and beneficial as this plant may be, it is not suitable for all conditions. Below are some conditions you should be mindful of:
- Autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis
- Heart conditions
- Endocrine-sensitive conditions like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and cancer
- Organ transplant
Children, infants, and pregnant women should not be administered Panax ginseng supplement. Just like any other medications, consumption of Panax ginseng also comes with some side effects, including:
- Insomnia which happens to be the most common
- Mood swings
- Itching with rashes
- Loss of appetite
- High/low blood level
- In some rare cases, you may experience liver condition, allergic reactions, or Steven-Johnson syndrome
Panax Ginseng Dosage
The two main forms of Panax ginseng administration are topically and orally. Topical cream application is done for premature ejaculation. It is applied on the penis about an hour before intercourse and should be removed shortly before intercourse.
However, the oral administration differs in usage. Below is the recommended dosage of Panax ginseng for different conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease – 4.5 to 9g for 3 months
- Erectile dysfunction – 1400 to 2700mg of 2-3 doses for 3 months
- COPD – 3 times daily intake of 100mg to 6g for 3 months
- Menstrual function – 200 to 600mg for 3 months