Still not sure what Panax Ginseng is good for and whether you should use it? Worry not, we’ve got it all figured out for you!
For a deeper look into the uses, benefits and side effects of Panax Ginseng, we got in touch with renowned health and fitness expert Lynda Lippin for some insights on this wonder herb. Lynda is an award winning pilates and reiki trainer and has some sound knowledge about herbal products. In this video, she’s giving you the low down on Panax Ginseng, its uses, benefits and side effects.
Hear what she has to say:
Hey this is Lynda Lippin Health and Fitness Expert for Buddha’s Herbs and I’m here today to talk about Panax Ginseng. Panax Ginseng which is Korean Ginseng is an herb that’s been used for millennia by traditional Chinese Medicine and different Herbal medicine traditions. Now, Panax Ginseng has been shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory and has many many uses as an adaptagenic herb or an herb or root that helps our bodies deal with changes in our environment and stress. Note that there is another adaptogen called Siberian Ginseng eleuthero which is not related to the Panax Ginseng that we’re talking about today. Now. Panax Ginseng typically comes as an extract. You’re gonna see it as powder or a liquid extract or you’re gonna see it as a tea. Most people take 200-400 milligrams a day of Panax Ginseng although they’ve shown clinical effects in as low as 40 milligrams a day. My recommendation is always to start at the low end of dosages, see how your body handles the herb or the medication and then increase from there.
Now, you should not touch Panax Ginseng if you are pregnant, if you’re a child, if you have high blood pressure because it increases blood pressure or if you have diabetes because it will help increase blood sugar levels. Just check with your physician and just make sure that you’re clear to take Ginseng before you try it because it’s a strong herb and it has strong effects on the body. Again, if you know that you’re taking medication for blood pressure, your ace inhibitor, your calcium channel blocker, you’re taking medicine for blood sugar, or you’re taking amino suppressant medication stimulants, diuretics, or even opiates, you’d want to watch out for Panax Ginseng. Its been shown to actually act as a stimulant and its also been shown to decrease the effects of opiates so if you’re taking opiates for pain relief, ginseng will just knock out the pain relief which is a problem.
All of that said, Panax Ginseng is a strong anti-inflammatory root. It helps to boost the immune system, decrease your chance of getting a colder flu or even shortening the duration and intensity of a colder flu if you’re taking it after you show symptoms. It helps increase good cholesterol (the HDL) and helps decrease the bad cholesterol (the LDL). It’s shown to help improve mental performance, especially our ability to think abstractly, it’s shown to lessen fatigue, to increase people’s sense of well-being and it can also help to increase sex drive and has shown in some studies to help in erectile dysfunction I think partially due to the increase of blood flow. Panax Ginseng has also been shown to decrease the risk of certain cancers mostly due its boosting of the immune system and has been shown to decrease symptoms of menopause. Now, of course if you’re already on medicational hormone replacement for your menopause symptoms, you don’t simply want to add ginseng in. It’s very strong and effective but I would check if you’re on medications with your physicians or your traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and just make sure that introducing Ginseng in your routine is going to be the right move for you.
Interestingly enough, Panax Ginseng if you look at the herb, it’s a little like a human body.
Here is the root of Siberian Ginseng and it looks like it has a head, arms and legs. So, traditional Chinese Medicine and herbalists looked at this root and thought it looks a lot like us I bet it can help us and it turns out, clinically, they were right. So I encourage you, as long as you don’t have one of the contra indicated illnesses or are on medications that are contra indicated. I encourage you to try Panax Ginseng especially if you live in an urban environment, especially if like me and most of us are under a lot of day to day stress.
So that’s it from me and I’ll see you next time with some more information on health and fitness for Buddha’s Herbs. Thank you so much!
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