Ginseng Root and Powder Profile
Also known as
quinquefolius, American Ginseng, Anchi Ginseng, Canadian Ginseng,
Ginseng, Ginseng Root, North American Ginseng, Occidental Ginseng,
Ontario Ginseng, Panax quinquefolium, Red Berry, Ren Shen, Sang, Shang,
Wisconsin Ginseng, Xi Yang Shen.
are actually three different herbs commonly called ginseng: Asian or
Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius),
and Siberian "ginseng" (Eleutherococcus senticosus), the latter herb
having many of the same effects as the first two even though it is in a
different plant family. American ginseng is grown in the Eastern
portion of North America, along the entire eastern seaboard, from
Quebec to Florida. Unlike Asian ginseng, which has "warming"
properties, American ginseng has "cooling" properties and is noted for
its thirst quenching effects. Native Americans in North America used it
in the exact same way as the Chinese, as a preventative. The Cherokee
called it "The little man", and used it for colic, convulsions,
dysentery, and headaches. When it was first discovered that ginseng did
grow wild in North America, it became quite a big business. Daniel
Boone, American folk hero and frontiersman, was known as a fur trader,
but he actually made quite a fortune selling wild harvested ginseng.
acid, adenine, adenosine, alanine, ascorbic acid, benzoic acid,
beta-sitosterol, caryophyllene, cysteine, ferulic acid, folic acid, at
least 10 different ginsenosides, glycine, guanidine, histidine,
Isoleucine, kaempferol, magnesium, malic acid, niacin, pantothenic
acid, salicylic acid, tannins, tyrosine, vanadium, zinc.
The mature root, washed, dried and cut.
Teas, extracts, or in capsules, and it is commonly found as an ingredient in soft drinks.
ginseng is eleuthero's kinder and gentler cousin. It is especially
helpful for males engaged in weight control. A study published in 2005
in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition noted that men who
take at least 3 grams of American ginseng per day experience lower
blood sugars and lower insulin levels after eating. Lower levels of
insulin lead to a lesser tendency to store food as fat. Weight lost by
diet and exercise is more likely to stay off when men use American
ginseng. Women are more likely to use American ginseng to control
undesirable symptoms of menopause. For this application, more is
better. A full daily dose of American ginseng provides many of the same
symptomatic benefits as estrogen replacement therapy, and laboratory
research suggests that the herb provides chemicals that "lock" estrogen
receptors and possibly prevent estrogen-stimulation of breast cancer.
Both men and women with diabetes benefit from American ginseng at a
relatively high dose, at least 3 grams a day. Clinical study has found
that the herb prevents post-prandial hyperglycemia, the sudden spike in
blood sugars after a meal.
Most herbalists recommend taking American ginseng (or any other ginseng) for a month at a time, followed by a two-week "rest."
For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 03 May, 2010.