Ginseng

Walk into any herbalist store, pharmacy, or convenience store, and you’ll see bottles of ginseng on the shelves or counter, some selling for a very low price. Some are available in capsule form, while other supplement stores offer liquid drops containing the ingredient. Still, most ginseng supplements make some of the same claims – increased vitality, improved physical health, and enhanced mental health. 

The amount of ginseng these bottles contain is open to debate, but this herb’s popularity in the United States is undeniable. 

What is Ginseng?

Ginseng, also known as Shi Yang, Red Berry, and Sang, is a popular herbal remedy native to East Asia. With green leaves and fleshy roots, the slow-growing herb is believed to possess potent healing and restorative power.

For centuries, the red berry plant has been an important ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. More recently, it has grown to be a popular ingredient in many supplements, food products, teas, desserts, and more, both for its health benefits and unique taste. 

Because of the numerous ginseng benefits, different root varieties are grown in North America and Asia, in places like China, Korea, and Tibet. However, specific types of ginseng plants are only native to some regions of the world. These variety names include:

  • Female ginseng (Angelica sinensis)
  • Brazilian ginseng (Pfaffia paniculata)
  • Five-flavored berry (Schisandra chinensis)
  • Prince ginseng (Pseudostellaria heterophylla)
  • Five-leaf ginseng (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)
  • Alaskan ginseng (Oplopanax horridus)
  • Poor man’s ginseng (Codonopsis pilosula)
  • Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
  • Peruvian ginseng (Lepidium meyenii)
  • Indian ginseng (Withania somnifera)

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the name of the herb popularly refers to both the “Asian or Korean ginseng” (Panax ginseng) and the “American ginseng” (Panax quinquefolius).

Shi Yang’s root contains Ginsenosides (panaxosides), a chemical component believed to possess health-boosting properties. Some of these properties can lead to a reduction of inflammation and its related conditions and diseases. 

The herb’s chemical properties are similar to that of Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or the Siberian Shi Yang, which are considered great ginseng alternatives.

The Asian herb has, for a long time, been used as a dietary supplement for:

  • Improving physical stamina
  • Enhancing immune function
  • Slowing the aging process
  • Relieving stress
  • Treating erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders

However, the herb has been used for plenty of other health benefits. Additionally, different kinds of ginseng, like Panax, red, and Korean ginseng, all may have various health benefits, according to studies.

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The History of Ginseng

Panax ginseng is a perennial plant native to Eastern Asia. According to scientific background research published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, it grows in hardwood forests in its natural state. 

More historical research published in the Indian Journal of Urology and Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine notes it was first discovered more than 5,000 years ago. 

It was probably originally used as a food source, but it soon became treasured for its healing properties. Because of its healing and strength-giving abilities and the unusual human shape of its root, ginseng became a symbol of divine harmony.

Research published in the Journal of Ginseng Research and Ui Sahak (the Korean Journal of Medical Research) notes that commercial cultivation of ginseng began in Korea in the early 1900s as the herb’s demand was more significant than its natural availability.

During the early 1700s, ginseng was found among the hardwood forests of Canada and North America. It has long since become rare in its natural habitat and is now cultivated throughout North America and Eastern Asia.

In ancient Chinese medicine, ginseng was believed to quiet the soul and the mind, which prevented degenerative diseases, according to Phytotherapy Research

According to this study, “In TCM, ginseng is a highly valued herb and has been applied to a variety of pathological conditions and illnesses such as hypodynamia, anorexia, shortness of breath, palpitation, insomnia, impotence, hemorrhage, and diabetes. Modern pharmacological experiments have proved that ginseng possesses multiple constituents (ginsenosides, polysaccharides, peptides, polyacetylene alcohols, etc.) and actions (central nervous system effects, neuroprotective effect, immunomodulation, anticancer, etc.), ginsenosides as the active ingredients, especially, having antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antiapoptotic and immunostimulant properties.”

Ancient medical texts describe how ginseng had the power to eliminate evil energy.

During this time, it was believed that the heart was the resting place of the spirit and that ginseng could soothe the heart during anxiety and worry. Like ones published in the Journal of Ginseng Research, multiple studies note how this ingredient can help relieve anxiety and reduce stress levels

In China today, ginseng is still referred to as Jin-chen, which means “like a man,” because the root resembles the human form.

The Native American name, garantoquen, has the same meaning.

Ginseng Uses

Due to its pivotal role in the herbal healthcare schema, Shi Yang is perhaps the most widely recognized traditional herbal medicine and ethnobotanical plant.

According to Drugs.com, the perennial is widely used for its hormonal effects, immune system modulation capability, anti-stress properties, anti-cancer properties, central nervous system (CNS), and cardiovascular function.

Statistics indicate that about 6 million people in the US use the herb regularly.

Although its effectiveness in enhancing performance is yet to be thoroughly vetted through clinical trials, some athletes use the herb as a stamina enhancer.

Ginseng is currently one of the most widely researched herbs. Studies published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and a second in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine show that the compounds in ginseng have anti-cancer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties and can also boost the immune system.

According to the latest study, “Based on our review, we found good evidence from in vitro and in vivo animal studies showing enhanced antitumor effect when ginseng is used in combination with some anticancer drugs. However, there is insufficient clinical evidence of such benefit as very few clinical studies are available. Future research should focus on clinically relevant studies of such combination to validate the utility of ginseng in cancer.”

Although further research is needed in these areas, it may also have the ability to improve blood-sugar levels, relax blood vessels, and help protect the nervous system. One study found that ginseng could play a beneficial role in certain neurological diseases and found the ingredient to manage hypertension and improve cardiovascular function

Ginseng is used for a lot more than as a dietary supplement, though. Ginseng is a very popular ingredient in many foods, recipes, beverages, and even beauty products. The herb is also a popular addition to many energy drinks and mixtures. 

Overall, ginseng is a well-accepted ingredient in many food products. One research study found that ginseng was a popular ingredient when added to milk and chocolate

Another popular ginseng food product is Korean Ginseng Soup, also known as Samgyetang. This incredibly popular recipe is thought to increase energy and vitality during the summer. 

Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup

Ingredients

Broth

  • 1 small whole chicken (about 2.6 pounds)
  • 6.3 cups of water

Stuffing

  • 1 dried or fresh ginseng root 
  • 4 whole peeled garlic cloves
  • 5 dried jujube dates
  • 1/4 cup of sweet rice
  • 3 or 4 peeled ginkgo nuts
  • 3 or 4 fresh or frozen chestnuts

Toppings

  • Thinly sliced green onion
  • Fine sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Wash the small chicken, including the cavity, with cold running water. 
  2. Use the ginseng, sweet rice, garlic cloves, jujube dates, chestnuts, and ginkgo nuts to stuff the chicken cavity. 
  3. Cross the chicken legs together after stuffing the cavity and tie them together with a cotton string. 
  4. Get a large pot and fill it with water.
  5. Add the stuffed chicken to the pot, then bring the water to a boil with medium heat. 
  6. After bringing the liquid to a boil, let the chicken cook for 20 minutes while covered. 
  7. Reduce the heat level to medium low and continue cooking until the chicken is fully cooked, or about 30 more minutes. It is important to make sure the rice is cooked on the inside as well. 
  8. After the chicken is cooked, transfer the liquid and the chicken to a serving bowl. Then, you can top with the green onions, black pepper, and salt. 

When using this recipe, a cornish hen can replace a small chicken, if one can be found. For the sweet rice, mochi or sticky rice make good options. Additionally, if choosing to use dried ginseng, it may be beneficial to soak the root in water overnight before using it for the soup. 

This ginseng chicken soup recipe is so popular that multiple studies have been performed to determine how to improve the taste of this soup. One research study found that adding sucralose stearate may improve the soup.

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Ginseng Health Benefits

As well as diabetes, research has been conducted on other health benefits of ginseng, with some very encouraging results.

One study revealed that ginseng can help to improve memory, concentration, and mood in both young people and middle-aged adults.

Ginseng has also been shown to have anti-cancer properties and may have particular promise for suppressing tumor growth in colorectal cancer. However, not all research supports this notion. One study found that ginseng’s specific preparations, including fresh ginseng slices, white ginseng tea, and fresh ginseng juice, did not cause a decrease in cancer risk

A study published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience showed that in combination with ginkgo biloba, ginseng might improve the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Another study published in the Journal of Ginseng Research found that “Korean red ginseng may be effective in improving inattentiveness in ADHD children, but it remains uncertain if it improves the general severity of ADHD, depression, anxiety personality and behavioral changes.” 

A healthy immune system is vital for overall good health. Another health benefit is that ginseng can boost your immune system, helping your body fight infections.

There are five different types of ginseng, but significant studies have only been conducted on two of these.

  • American Ginseng: Panax Quinquefolius – this is the type of ginseng used in diabetes studies and is also suitable for alleviating fatigue, boosting memory, and improving cellular health. According to Molecules, this variety may have some anti-diabetic effects. 
  • Red Ginseng: Panax Ginseng or Korean ginseng is a type of ginseng good for the metabolism and immune system and may help lower the risk of some forms of cancer, according to research published in the Journal of Ginseng Research

You should not take ginseng if you have high blood pressure or take calcium channel blockers, blood thinners, morphine, or MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors).

Ginseng Benefits for Men

The herb is believed to enhance sexual performance, increase the production of sperm, and improve sexual activity. A study published in Spermatogenesis involving 60 men established that Shi Yang could decrease erection problems and enhance sex drive in subjects who consumed the herb.

A recent finding published by the Journal of Ginseng Research also reveals that the herb can effectively adjust the glands that control sex in the brain and heart, thereby affecting low libido and erectile dysfunction (ED).

To underline ginseng benefits for men, its effectiveness in treating ED has been conducted in various animal studies with a high degree of success and notably fewer adverse effects compared to prescription treatments. One study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology noted that red ginseng could be an effective ED treatment. 

Ginseng was found to have a number of beneficial effects on women’s health as well. “Oral administration of KRG extracts improved sexual arousal in menopausal women. Red ginseng extracts might be used as an alternative medicine in menopausal women to improve their sexual life.”

Additional Ginseng Benefits

There is some evidence fronted to support the health benefits of Shi Yang; the herb is widely used to treat a variety of conditions.

According to the Journal of Ginseng Research, the Asian herb is used in the treatment of cold and flu, type 2 diabetes, cancer, menopausal symptoms, and promoting physical endurance.

Another observational study conducted in Asia suggests that Shi Yang can help reduce the risk of developing certain forms of cancer. In fact, research from the International Journal of Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Research found that ginseng may help specifically with fatigue caused by cancer. However, more research is needed to determine the effectiveness of this ingredient. 

Research conducted over five years with more than 4,600 subjects established that those who took the herb recorded a low risk of developing stomach cancer, ovarian cancer, lung, and pancreatic cancer.

Some studies published in Translational and Clinical Pharmacology, the Journal of Ginseng Research, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews also indicate that consuming the herb could affect the thinking process.

However, the latter study found that “Currently, there is a lack of convincing evidence to show a cognitive enhancing effect of Panax ginseng in healthy participants and no high-quality evidence about its efficacy in patients with dementia. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trials with large sample sizes are needed to further investigate the effect of ginseng on cognition in different populations, including dementia patients.”

The improvements have been recorded in critical areas such as memory, mental arithmetic, and concentration.

Due to the elevated levels of ginsenosides in Shi Yang, the herb is believed to reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. However, other research suggests ginseng may not be effective at decreasing glucose levels

Cold and flu are common health problems across the world. The popular Asian herb is said to boost the human immune system, thereby helping fight cold and flu, and other diseases that compromise the immune system, supported by multiple studies published in the Journal of Medicinal Food and Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

In a 12-week study involving over 200 people, subjects were given the herb, placebo, and flu vaccines. An assessment of the group that consumed the herb showed a lower risk of getting a cold.

Shi Yang contains a fair amount of antioxidants, which is critical in promoting heart health. Antioxidants play an important role in eliminating free radicals, known to damage the DNA and cause diseases.

Research supports these claims as well. One study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that ginseng had antioxidant effects. Panax ginseng could reduce oxidative stress while increasing antioxidant levels in animals. “Our data suggest that consumption of Korean red ginseng reduces lipid peroxidation and restores antioxidant capacity by suppressing oxidative stress in rats.”

Tests have shown that the herb can improve heart disease symptoms by raising the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering that of bad cholesterol (LDL). 

According to the Journal of Ginseng Research, the presence of high antioxidants in Shi Yang also helps prevent blood clots and enhance vasomotor function. 

Regular usage of Shi Yang has been shown to produce preventative and therapeutic effects in the treatment of vascular diseases and chronic inflammatory diseases. A research study found that the ginseng plant may prove to have some beneficial effects on osteoporosis. Additionally, Korean ginseng could benefit some symptoms of asthma

Lots of research surrounds the topic of ginseng and weight-loss, especially since the herb has been shown to have so many other health benefits. One research study looked into Korean ginseng and American ginseng’s health effects, specifically body temperature and metabolic levels. In this study, researchers found that “…Korean ginseng does not stimulate metabolism in mice, whereas a high dose of American ginseng may reduce night-time body temperature and pyrogen-related factors.”

Another study noted that ginseng might have an overall anti-obesity effect. This is because some research has found that the herb itself and its ginsenosides were found to reduce energy intake while having a two-way beneficial adipogenesis impact. Additionally, Korean ginseng was found to have multiple benefits, with researchers saying, “KRGE [korean red ginseng extract] regulated the expression of genes associated with abnormal physiology via HFD [high-fat diet]. Leptin, insulin, and adiponectin, which carry out critical functions in energy and lipid metabolism, were shown to be modulated by KRGE [korean red ginseng extract]. These results show that KRGE [korean red ginseng extract] is effective in preventing obesity.”

These weight-loss benefits aren’t isolated to Korean ginseng and American ginseng either. One study found that individuals who supplemented with red ginseng for two weeks could experience greater fat oxidation during exercise. Additionally, this may lead to a delay in fatigue during exercise. 

Even more research published in one study found that “…ginseng exerted a weight loss effect and slight effects on gut microbiota in all participants. In addition, its antiobesity effects differed depending on the composition of gut microbiota prior to ginseng intake.”

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Ginseng and Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 34 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. 

According to the CDC, a further 86 million adults suffer from a condition known as pre-diabetes, in which blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not enough to merit a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. 

Without significant lifestyle changes, mainly diet and exercise, 15-30 percent of pre-diabetic people will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

Canadian researchers have found that taking ginseng can have beneficial effects on type 2 diabetes.  According to a study conducted at St. Michael’s Hospital, the University of Toronto, a low dose of ginseng taken up to two hours before a meal can lower blood sugar. The study noted that ginseng would aid with diabetes by helping them control blood sugar levels

In a small study involving nine people with type 2 diabetes, and 10 people without, participants were given four treatments of three grams of ginseng or a harmless placebo. Following this, they were given a test meal, including 25 grams of glucose in water.

Blood samples taken from participants for up to two hours after the trials showed a significant drop in blood sugar levels. Overall, three grams of ginseng is considered safe to consume, as per a research study published in Medicines

Further research is to be done to find out whether ginseng reacts with other drugs adversely.

It is suspected that the herb may interfere with anticoagulant drugs, given to people at risk of forming blood clots, such as those having had heart surgery or with an irregular heartbeat.

It also remains to be seen as to whether the results would be the same using the Asian variety of ginseng as well as the American, according to the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience and The American Journal of Chinese Medicine

Ginseng and Stress

Many users appreciate the herb’s ability to fight stress and promote healthy well-being.

Several studies involving ginseng and stress have been conducted.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the herb has been shown to be effective in regulating immune response and hormonal changes arising from stress such as depression, anxiety, and stress-related physiological diseases. 

According to a study published in the Journal of Ginseng Research, “we focus on the disease pathways caused by stress in order to determine how ginseng acts to improve health. Central to [the] discussion is how this effective and stable therapeutic agent alleviates the anxiety and depression caused by stress and ameliorates inflammatory diseases.”

Shi Yang’s ability to suppress chronic stress is critical because hormonal disorders and abnormal immune responses trigger some diseases.

For instance, to fight arthritis, the herb suppresses the excessive secretion of stress-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines, which prevents the development of autoimmune diseases.

The plant’s ability to relieve stress can also go a long way to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Studies conducted in animals have shown that Shi Yang can help maintain normal heart function, improve blood circulation, and reduce the reactive oxygen species in the heart’s critical myocardial tissue.

The herb has also been shown to be beneficial in modulating the core hormonal regulation systems or the HPA axis consisting of the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands. This means the herb can upset metabolic disorders like diabetes mellitus.

Overall, the herb’s positive effect on relieving mental and physical stress can go a long way to improve the quality of life by promoting energy levels, individual satisfaction, sex life, and well being.

Korean Shi Yang Directions

Several robust research studies, including double-blind, clinical trials have been conducted to ascertain the herb’s effectiveness as a remedy and preventative supplement.

Although Shi Yang is considered safe, it is important to talk to your doctor, pharmacist, health provider, or a practitioner trained in an herbal supplement before using the herb.

The widely acceptable daily doses of Shi Yang as a preventative are between 200mg and 400mg.

When taking the Asian or Korean Red Shi Yang to treat libido or erectile dysfunction, a 3000mg daily dose of Korean ginseng in three doses of 1000mg is sometimes recommended. However, research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Panax ginseng supplementation was safe at 1000 to 2000mg a day over four weeks. 

According to Drugs.com, an E Monograph ordered by the Complete German Commission found that one to two grams of crude dried root powder of Shi Yang can be taken safely for three months.

The daily dosage for crude root used in various clinical trials usually falls in the range of 0.5 to three grams.

The FDA has not reviewed the safety and effectiveness of ginseng capsules and other forms of the herb.

For safekeeping, ginseng supplements should be kept out of the reach of children and pets. Expired medicines should be discarded following the manufacturer’s directions.

People with diabetes, insomnia, hormone-sensitive conditions, mental disorders, or upcoming surgery should avoid taking the ginseng supplement.

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Ginseng Tea

One of the most popular uses for ginseng is in tea. This kind of tea can be made from the fresh ginseng plant or tea bags containing the herb. Additionally, the ginseng root can be added to other tea types to provide different tastes and benefits. 

According to historical uses, ginseng tea helps relieve menstrual problems, suppress mental distress, reduce obesity, overcome the risk of developing cancer, and boost the immune system.

A few studies have been focused on ginseng tea and its potential benefits as well. According to the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, ginseng tea may be able to protect cell health, with researchers stating, “The acute genoprotective effect of Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) has been investigated. The experiment was carried out to explore the DNA protective effect after a single dose of American ginseng teabag infusion.”

Ginseng tea can be mixed with other kinds of tea to improve taste and lead to other benefits. Some other common additions to ginseng tea include lemon, green tea, honey, ginkgo biloba, ashwagandha, gotu kola, turmeric, peppermint, maca, carob, and dates. 

There are three different kinds to remember when choosing a ginseng tea – steeped ginseng root tea, flavored ginseng tea, and blended ginseng tea. Each may have slightly different tastes and health benefits, so it can be important to take a closer look at the nutrition label before choosing which one is right for you. 

You can make ginseng tea with a tea ball or without it. To start, all you have to do is slice the ginseng root into thin slices. If you want to brew the tea with a tea ball, simply put the slices into the tea ball, then pour boiling water into the cup. 

To make fresh ginseng tea without a tea ball, the same fresh slices can be coated with honey. After these slices sit in the honey for about 15 minutes, they can be placed in the cup. Pour the boiling water over the slices and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Ginseng tea in particular may have some health benefits that are separate from those coming from capsule-form supplements. One research study found that Korean ginseng tea, or ginseng tea made from the roots of the Panax ginseng plant, may have some neuroprotective or cerebroprotective effects. Additionally, this tea mixture was found to potentially protect against induced brain injury and certain cerebrovascular diseases, like strokes.

Ginseng Interactions

Shi Yang is marketed as a Traditional Chinese Medicine, immune booster, and performance enhancer.

High doses of Shi Yang can cause sleepiness or nervousness. Several medications show adverse ginseng interactions when taken along Shi Yang.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, examples of medication categories and brands include:

  • Blood pressure medications (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme or ACE inhibitors)
  • Quinapril (Accupril)
  • Moexipril (Univasc)
  • Heart and Blood Pressure Medications (Calcium channel blockers)
  • Nifedipine (Procardia)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem)
  • Stimulants
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Adderall)
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Tranylcypromine (Parnate)
  • Isocarboxazid (Marplan)

One study published in Current Drug Metabolism found thatGinseng is an herbal medicine used worldwide. It is reported to have a wide range of pharmacological activities because of a diversified group of steroidal saponins called ginsenosides. Compared to extensive pharmacological studies of ginseng, the pharmacokinetics, especially the metabolism of this herb, has received less attention.” This suggests more research is needed in this area. 

Ginseng Warnings

There are a few safety concerns that need to be observed before and after taking Shi Yang.

The most notable side effects include:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability
  • Severe skin reaction
  • Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Digestive issues
  • Changes in the blood sugar and blood pressure levels

The other notable ginseng dangers are:

  • Breast pain
  • Euphoria
  • Nose bleeding
  • Anxiety
  • Vomiting

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the short-term usage of the Shi Yang is safe for most people.

Additionally, side effects may occur if the ingredient is over-consumed. According to the Journal of Ginseng Research, “There are some cases of patient risk associated with ginseng abuse and misuse depending on patients’ conditions although further investigation in more cases is required to clarify these issues.” 

Ginseng dangers are generally few and scattered; however, over the long term, experts believe the herb shouldn’t be consumed by pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants, and children.

People with high blood pressure and diabetes must consult the doctor or healthcare provider before consuming the herb.

When it comes to herbal plants and herbal supplements, many individuals worry about potential toxicity. However, comprehensive research on ginseng has found that the ingredient has not been reported to have any acute toxicity in animal studies. Yet, toxicity levels have not been seen or researched on human subjects, so more research is needed in this area. 

Is Ginseng Illegal to Grow?

In the US, American Shi Yang is native to the country’s deciduous forest.

North American native tribes have long used the plant for medicinal purposes.

The regulations of planting the herb are regulated at the state level.

The regulations also cover the legal harvesting period, the number of acceptable plant leaves, and export quantities.

Is Ginseng Illegal to Grow and Harvest?

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the herb can be harvested in 19 states.

The root of the native plant species from the US is mostly exported to China.

The perennial herb takes up a minimum of five years to mature and can grow up to 60 centimeters, according to research from the US Fish & Wildlife Service Internal Affairs

Before the plant is harvested, its age can be established by counting the number of leaves or prongs or the number of scars appearing on the stem.

The high amount of ginsenosides in the herb is found in the root, according to information gathered by the United States Department of Agriculture

However, the content of ginsenosides varies depending on factors such as season of harvest, the age of the plant, and method of preservation. Growing the shade-loving perennial is relatively easy, even though it is a lengthy process.

The seeds of the herb take up to 18 months to germinate. To find the best-stratified seeds to grow, you need to visit reputable dealers.

There are also several ginseng alternatives on the market.

The adaptogenic plant helps combat stress, increase resistance to illness, and improve stamina among athletes.

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Bottom Line on Ginseng

This powerful herb is believed to offer several health benefits such as stress and anxiety reliever and a hormone regulator and libido enhancer.

Studies to ascertain the effectiveness of the various ginseng uses and its health benefits are ongoing worldwide.

Besides these advantages, Shi Yang’s use can cause various mild reactions, including allergies, headaches, and sleeping problems.

Before taking the ginseng supplement as part of your diet regimen, users are strongly advised to talk to a medical professional.

Ginseng extract is affordable and available in various retail outlets.