We’ve all heard that knowledge is power, so to empower you a bit more, let me share, in my layman’s terms, about another natural herb that is used extensively today. Ginseng is one of the most popular and proven healing herbs used throughout the world today.
It is the most famous Chinese herb, and is the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine. Oriental medicine considers it a necessary element in all their prescriptions, and uses it both for ‘prevention and cure’.
In my continuing effort to help you weed through the confusion in reading labels, here is a bit more, easy to understand, information. Ginseng is the common name; the Latin name is Radix Ginseng and the Chinese name for this herb is ‘Ren Shen’. The word Ginseng comes from the Chinese term meaning “man” and Shen meaning a kind of herb. Ren Shen describes the way the plant looks which definitely looks like the shape of a man.
Ginseng has been used in medicine for more than 7000 years! It is also an adaptogenic herb meaning it adapts to whatever the body needs! (for example, it will lower high blood pressure, but raise low blood pressure).
Adaptogensare considered to be anti-aging herbs and are beneficial to the whole body. They never have just one function, but they will actually go to the organ which needs assistance and help rebalance it.
The benefits of herbs, known to be adaptogens, are that they can restore the body to homeostasis better than any medicine because they target and strengthen the whole body. Many athletes throughout the world use adaptogenic herbs to enhance their performance. They are as legal and as safe as using food and supplements.
As we age we expect our ‘youth’ to diminish, but it doesn’t necessarily have to – at least, I believe, not to the degree that we see in our culture. We can keep a very high degree of our physical-ness: beauty, athletic ability, stamina and even sexual virility well into our twilight years! I believe it’s all up to us and the choices we make.
Ginseng is known to:
- Increase blood circulation
- Stimulate and improve immune system
- Reduce the effects of aging
- Reduce the effects of stress
- Increase performance, energy and stamina
- Help the body resist viral infections and environmental toxins
- Restore memory and enhance concentration and cognitive abilities
- Remove both mental and bodily fatigue
- Aid in the prevention of heart disease
- Dissolve tumors
- Normalize blood pressure
- Aid in diabetes, radiation and chemotherapy protection
- Aid in reduction of colds, chest problems
- Aid in sleep
- Stimulate the appetite
- Support and regulate the central nervous system
Just one more wonderful gift nature has given us…
I know that is a huge list, however, it is even said to assist the body in many other ways such as lower cholesterol, decrease triglyceride levels and protect against atherosclerosis. It also increases ‘natural killer cell activity’ (a ‘good’ white blood cell).
Some other interesting facts about Ginseng:
Ginseng is difficult to grow and takes 4-6 years to become mature enough to harvest
The roots can live for over 100 years
It contains vitamins A, B-6 and the mineral Zinc. The main active ingredients, called “ginsenosides” are steroid-like ingredients which give it its adaptogenic properties
It is also believed to increase estrogen levels in women and is used to treat the symptoms of menopause
Ancient Herbal Secrets creates just the right blend and balance from organic, all-natural herbs to bring you our centuries-proven formulas. iHerb.com provide gingseng on edible form, with using iherb coupon you can get it with special price.
Ginseng (an adaptogenic herb) can be found in all of our Internal Formulas except the Men’s Vitality Formula. It has its own special blend made just for men and their individual needs. Enjoy the gifts of nature. Find the right formula for your body!