Panax Ginseng Health Benefits and Information
Panax ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family of plants, which
includes the closely related American ginseng and less similar Siberian
ginseng. Panax ginseng commonly grows on mountain slopes and is usually
harvested in the fall. The root of panax ginseng is used preferably from
plants older than six years of age.
is different from American ginseng and Eleuthero. They are not
Unlike American ginseng and Eleuthero or Siberian Ginseng, panax has been a
part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is used in connection
with many conditions such as cancer, anxiety, colds, flu and for lowering
blood levels of sugar and cholesterol, as in type 2 diabetes and high
cholesterol. Most commonly known as an adaptogen, panax ginseng is
currently being used in Asian countries to treat heart conditions and
lungs, as well as for an overall health enhancer. Panax ginseng has been
known to have a relaxing effect on the muscles in the lungs. The resulting
airway relaxation may help to calm asthma symptoms and other airways
constricting lung conditions. In some studies a combination of panax
ginseng and gingko seemed to increase memory and thinking processes.
Taking panax ginseng orally may enhance male fertility by increasing sperm
count, quality, and movement, as it activates the body system that
increases production of certain hormones. To increase athletic performance,
panax ginseng is often added to sports drinks or supplements. It has,
however, not been proven effective for this use.
Also used for women, it is supposed that panax ginseng can cause an effect
similar to that of estrogen, by stimulating hormone production and related
chemicals. In some laboratory studies, panax ginseng increased the
production of breast cancer cells. It is possible that this is achieved by
activating estrogen receptors. Panax ginseng may increase blood levels of
substances that the body converts into estrogen according to some studies.
More studies are being performed to verify the hormonal effects of panax
Dosage and Administration
Panax ginseng may be taken by mouth or applied topically. It can be applied
directly to the penis in treatment for erectile dysfunction in men. It is
available in capsules, dried root powder, fresh root, liquid extracts, and
teas. Usually it is standardized to contain 7 of the active ingredients
known as ginsenosides.
The amounts of active chemicals in panax ginseng vary greatly according to
how the plants are grown, harvested, processed, and stored. Panax ginseng
products may be extended with other types of ginseng that are less
expensive to produce.
Recommended daily dose of oral
Fresh Root - 500 mg to 3000 mg (0.5 -3 grams).
Dried root powder capsules - 200 mg to 600 mg.
Tea may be made by soaking chopped fresh root or 1500 mg (1.5 grams) of
dried root powder in about 5 ounces of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain to remove solid particles. You may wish to sweeten the tea or flavor
it with other herbs to make it more enjoyable.
It is encouraged to discontinue use after 3 months for a period of 2-3
weeks if using panax ginseng continuously. It is always best to follow the
directions on the package.
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