Ginseng: Properties and Benefits


Its botanical name is Panax ginseng and speaks volumes on its properties: in fact the word Panax comes from the greek pan-axos and literally means “that heals everything.”

Ginseng: Properties and Benefits


The plant grows mainly in East Asia and North America, the species most used is that Vietnamese panax. In China it is called “ren shen”, which literally means “man root”, probably because of its shape resembling the human body but also because the root of ginseng is a powerful tonic for the whole organism. The knowledge and use of ginseng for therapeutic purposes dates back thousands of years ago and its effectiveness has been demonstrated by several studies throughout the world.

Chemical Composition

The virtues and healing properties attributed to roots are due to other components present in its roots valuable vitamins, essential oil, ginsenosides and saponins, given the active root.

Healing Properties and Benefits of Ginseng

There are many benefits that have been attributed to extracts of its root. It is traditionally considered a drug with remarkable properties tonic tonics, especially the immune system.

Several studies have shown that ginseng influence positively the release of a hormone called cortisol, which in turn improves the body’s response to stressful situations. Thus it makes the body more resistant to reducing damage caused by pathogens or stress negative.

In general, its ability to restore the balance in the human body, increasing the ability to adapt to environmental changes is the most effective ginseng “adaptogen” so far known. In root were isolated antioxidants, which not only block the harmful effects of free radicals and slow cellular aging, could also have important anti-cancer activity.

Recent studies have shown that administration of root extract to some cancer patients, can significantly reduce the chronic fatigue patients. This is one of the most common and debilitating effects of cancer and its treatments.


In the market there are many dietary supplements made from ginseng root. Drink bottles, capsules, tablets, powders, roots, chewing and pure extract. A word of advice: do not buy ginseng supplements in large supermarkets or poorly controlled may be hazardous due to the poor.


The preparation can not be done at home. You can find it in pharmacies or herbalists in various forms such as the elixir tonic, concentrated extract, freeze-dried in bags. It can also be found combined with other herbs or medicinal preparations, such as royal jelly, which together with this spice is a real boost of energy and a good defense of the immune system. Who decides to take spice regularly should do it once a day and possibly in the morning on an empty stomach.

Benefits in Pills

Ginseng: Properties and Benefits

As noted earlier, the beneficial properties of roots are numerous, ranging from physical strength and stamina, which will increase resilience, improve blood circulation, improving memory capacity by the resistance to stress and to ease adaptation to stimuli of daily life. 

Finally, this root has the ability to enhance the immune system, thereby preventing the occurrence of various diseases. Its regular use, without exaggeration, of course, rebuild strength and energy.

It is good then people who suffer from chronic fatigue, may be helpful in the prevention of postpartum depression, athletes, diabetics, and people working in climates very uncomfortable, especially in the case of heavy work.

Side Effects

As in many other cases there are side effects associated with the use of its root. The most common is insomnia, usually accompanied by excessive nervousness and irritability, especially if ginseng is taken with other stimulants such as caffeine or theine. You would have an overstimulation of the nervous system with the side effects just mentioned. Finally, an abuse of the precious root, prolonged, could lead, in extreme cases to uncontrolled tremors.

Ginseng: properties and benefits

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