Synonyms: Asian Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, Divine Herb, Japanese Ginseng, Jen Shen, Jintsam, Korean Ginseng, Ninjin, Oriental Ginseng, Panax, Radix Ginseng, Ren Shen, Schinzent, Shen Tsao (Divine Herb)
Genus species: Panax ginseng
Type: Perennial herb
Part Used: Roots
Location: eastern Asia, former U.S.S.R., Japan, Manchuria, North Korea, northeastern China, Siberia
Actions: [In animals: improved; learning, memory and physical capability and resistance to infection], adaptogen, alterative, anabolic agent, antiallergic, anticancer, antidiuretic, antihistaminic, antihypercholesterolemic, antihyperglycemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumor, aphrodisiac (stimulates the production of sex hormones), aromatic bitter, bradycardic, cardiotonic, carminative, cerebral vasodilator, circulatory stimulant, CNS stimulant, digestive, demulcent, helps balance blood pressure, helps balance blood sugar levels, helps balance hormone levels, helps prevent alcoholic intoxication, hematogenic, hypertensive, immunostimulant (increases phagocytosis and interferon and WBC production), improves mental performance, improves physical performance, improves vision, immunoenhancer, increases and enhances metabolism, increases testosterone levels, nervous system alterative, peripheral vasoconstrictor, potentiates the actions of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, secretagogue, sedative, sialagogue, stimulant, stomachic, tachycardic, thymoleptic, tonic
Indications: Addison’s disease, adrenal disorders, age spots, AIDS, amnesia, anemia, angina pectoris, anorexia, asthenic hemorrhages, asthma, atherosclerosis, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, cold extremities, convalescence, convulsion, cough, debility, depression, depression associated with sexual inadequacy, diabetes mellitus, dizziness, dysentery, dyspepsia, edema, fever, gastric ulcer, gastritis, glaucoma, hangover, headache, heart palpitation, hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia, hypotension, hypotonia, immunodeficiency, impotence, insomnia, lack of concentration, lack of energy, lassitude, malaria, mental exhaustion, morning sickness, nausea, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, neurasthenia, night sweats, nosebleed, physical exhaustion, polyuria, rheumatism, spermatorrhea, stress, stroke, ulcer, vomiting
Chemicals & Nutrients: Calcium, Carbohydrates (80%), Choline, Fats (1.5%), Fiber (7%), Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein (10%)
Preparation & Dosages: (3x/day)
Decoction: Normal: 5-10g, Acute: 15-20 g
Dried Root: dose 3-6g, in two doses
Contraindications: pregnancy, acute illness, use of other stimulants (including caffeine-containing beverages), atopy or allergies, pneumonia, common cold.
Side effects: rare with high doses over long periods of time, insomnia, nervousness, diarrhea, menopausal bleeding, hypertonia.
Duration of use: up to 3 months.