The First Nations and Chinese Cultures have long revered Ginseng as the miracle "Man Root" because the root is shaped like a man and is believed to be beneficial for every part of the human body.
North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is considered to be a stress reducer, energizer and helps bring order to the body. The name panax comes from the Greek word panacea meaning, “all healing”. It has been used by First Nations and Asian Cultures to negate the effects of fatigue and stress for generations. It’s often used as a general health tonic to enhance a person’s mental and physical performance.
It’s a powerful Adaptogen. An adaptogen is a substance that reduces the effects of any kind of stress, be it physical or mental. Roots must be at least four years old to be beneficial. The older the root, the more potent it is.
Potent chemicals deep within the root of the plant are responsible for its therapeutic benefits. Polysaccharide glycans and ginsenosides are arguably the most important. They’re two special nutrients that kickstart the energy boost for which ginseng is best known. North American ginseng contains zinc, vitamins A, B6 and C and It’s considered a “cooling” ginseng whereas Korean ginseng is considered to be "warming" ginseng.
North American ginseng is well known for it’s ability to fight physical and mental fatigue. Many athletes take it while training for a boost in strength and stamina. Students often take it while studying for tests as it helps maintain a high level of mental alertness and improves memory. Shift workers often use energy drinks where ginseng is the stimulating ingredient.
A study done in 2005 by the Canadian Medical Association Journal states that North American ginseng may help prevent and treat the common cold. Participants in the study who were given North American ginseng got fewer colds than the people not taking it. If the people who were taking it did get a cold, their symptoms were less and didn’t last as long as the people in the control group.
Since this type of ginseng helps to regulate blood sugar levels, it may be helpful to people with diabetes. People taking North American ginseng before meals kept post-meal blood sugar levels in the normal range.
It has a very beneficial effect on the Kidneys and other organs of the body such as the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete hormones important to the reduction of physical and emotional stress. It is very beneficial to those suffering from depression and anxiety.
North American ginseng contains potent antioxidants, helping to boost the action of the immune system. It is thought that many people taking it may experience less illness.
North American Ginseng Uses
- Help to stimulate the appetite
- Slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Treat depression
- Combat stress and fatigue
- Stimulate the central nervous system
- Treat insomnia
- Improve cardiovascular activity
- Improve memory and concentration
- Dissolve tumors
- Raise good cholesterol (HDL)
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Increases estrogen levels in women and relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Benefits the endocrine system, such as the adrenals and pituitary gland
- Regulate blood sugar levels
- Control type 2 diabetes
- Slow the aging process