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American Ginseng is a special herbaceous perennial plant known for its many medical abilities.

The plant is a member of the “Araliaceae” family and is native to North American. Especially in Wisconsin although it’s found in selected Asian countries and Siberia.

The American Ginseng herb consists of scented yellow green flowers. A one to two-foot high stem, a large fleshy light-colored fork-shaped root and various oval-shaped green leaves. The plant whose flowering season is between the months of June and July.

The herb is found in Maine, Georgia, Oklahoma and Minnesota although most Asians prefer the one grown in Wisconsin.

Although the plant is becoming an endangered species. Ginseng has an incredible affinity for shady north slopes and is likely to thrive in rich loose soil.

Ginseng helps to enhance and restore normal, well-being. This makes it among the most popular herbal remedies worldwide.

Common Names: American Ginseng,  Ginseng Root American, Red berry, five fingers and Five-leaved Ginseng).

Scientific Name of American Ginseng: Panax quinquefolius

Habitat: Native North American.

Health Benefits of American Ginseng

The root is the main part of the plant used for its medicinal purposes. This is due to the fact that it contains:

  • vitamin b1,
  • b2 and b12,
  • minerals,
  • fats,
  • pectin,
  • sugars,
  • volatile oil,
  • sterols,
  • hormone-like saponins.

Although the plant is a treatment for various illnesses traditionally. It’s essential to note that its therapeutic properties. Have often been questioned by health professionals and western scientists.

Panax quinquefolius

This is because, little high-quality research has been done on the plant and its medicinal properties. Below are the medicinal benefits of American Ginseng. Explained by people who use the herbal remedy as well as medical practitioners who recommend using it.

Energy Provision and Fatigue Prevention

Ginseng can stimulate mental and physical activity in individuals who are feeling weak or tired(1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982990. This has been proven by being administered to cancer patients. Thus helping them to reduce fatigue levels in a study carried out by the Mayo Clinic. This does not only provide such individuals with the much-needed energy. But also the hope of recovery.

Fighting Infections

American ginseng can help fight common infections like colds and flu. Some evidence provided indicates that taking a specific American Ginseng extract. By the name CVT-E002, might help in preventing the flu and colds from occurring(2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1949084. This, as well as making their symptoms milder when the infections develop.

The herb can treat and manage other common infections like dysentery. Which is the infection of the intestine, HIV AIDS and Pseudomonas infections. Which are also very common in cystic fibrosis patients.

American Ginseng for Diabetes Management

Medical research indicates that taking 3 grams of American Ginseng, two hours before taking a meal can lower blood sugar levels. Patients are however, discouraged from taking larger doses as they do not guarantee greater effects. The ability for the herbal remedy to control and manage diabetes (american ginseng blood sugar level) is attributed to ginsenosides(3)http://www.nature.com/aps/journal/v34/n11/full/aps2013100a.html. Which is an active chemical element in the herb.

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

A Korean study carried out in 2002 revealed that up to 60 percent of men with erectile dysfunction problems. That took American ginseng noticed an incredible improvement in their symptoms. Thus making them enjoy a much better sex life and improved self-esteem. To further back this up, research on erectile dysfunction carried out by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Stated substantive evidence for the effectiveness of ginseng. This particularly, red ginseng in treating erectile dysfunction.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Ginseng, which consists of up to seven unique properties and ginsenosides. Helps make it have greater immune-suppressive effects on the human body. These combined effects of the ginsenosides can target various levels of immunological activity. This contributing to the diverse effects of ginseng in humans. Hence making them have greater anti-inflammatory effects(4)https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090513215410.htm.

American Ginseng Uses

There are many different types of american ginseng. Before understanding how the plant is used. It’s vital to know that although people tend to think of ginseng as only a Chinese herb. The American Ginseng is not only as valuable as the Chinese Ginseng but also more suitable in some cases. American Ginseng is a alternative for Panax ginseng. Which is the name for Chinese Ginseng for treating high blood pressure.

The benefits of american ginseng extract. There are various ways of using the herbal plant. First its root is ground and made into tea. Another way is through decoction which is a way of boiling the root in water. The herb can also be extracted in alcohol. After putting it in capsules containing the pulverized root. Finally using it as a liquid extract.

Ginseng dosage take monthly, alternating regularly with a two week rest period. The herb may be taken in soft drinks, added to tea or used in food like soup. It’s also used in capsule supplements and extracts as discussed above.

Precautions of Using American Ginseng

Due to the unpredictable reactions in various individuals. Professional medical advice should be sorted before taking the herb if pregnant or a nursing women.

Also individuals with both high and low blood pressure or sugar levels. It’s also important to note that it that individuals who are under blood thinner medications. Also those taking anticoagulant drugs should refrain from using American Ginseng in totality.

Due to its ability to affect blood sugar levels. The herbal remedy should be avoided during and after surgery. Ginsenosides can act as estrogen. Hence, should be avoided by individuals with hormone-sensitive conditions. For example breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

American Ginseng Side Effects

Ginseng may cause diarrhea, headache, itching, insomnia, and nervousness. American Ginseng is also known to cause vaginal bleeding in women.

Also increased and decreased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and breast tenderness. Other rare and uncommon extreme side effects. That have been reported once in a while include liver damage, severe rash and severe allergic reactions.

Summary

The medical benefits of American Ginseng are interesting and wide as they cover various medical fields. This makes the herbal remedy an effective substitute for other medical products due to its natural properties. This unlike the chemical rich medical drugs that are likely to do more harm than good.


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david roulston

david roulston

David Roulston is an herbalist and natural herb expert who has over 30 years experience formulating natural remedies. He's a graduate of the Marilyn Davies College of Business-University of Houston. Passionate about traditional medicine and turned to studying plants and nature, in an effort to help his partner overcome the pain of fibromyalgia.

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