You may be wondering why this supplement harnessed from herbal plants grown in specific Asian regions as eastern Siberia, northeastern China, and Korea, is referred to as the “well-being medication” or if it truly exists to provide the popular benefits it is known for.
Panax ginseng differs from several other of its kind (about thirteen species) based on its active compound (Ginsenoside or Panaxosides) and is the most popular amongst the five used therapeutically.
Its active substance enables its usage in the prevention and treatment of inflammations, in promoting a healthy life and having a soothing effect against a variety of conditions as stress, depression, fatigue (CFS), rapid aging, and diabetes amongst several other conditions we will be discussing shortly.
One of the reasons for its reference name is due to the fact that its effect cuts across the different body systems (circulatory, nervous system- brain, muscular, reproductive, immune, respiratory, digestive and the exocrine (skin) systems). Interesting right!
Some of its other names include Ginseng root, Asian Ginseng. It is not the same as the American ginseng, Chinese or Siberian ginseng.
Let’s get to what Panax ginseng supplement can offer you!
Benefits of Panax Ginseng
For your time sake, we will be just be highlighting below the proven benefits of this herbal supplement.
Research reviews and cross-sectional studies have shown that ginseng via its specific compounds helps reduce fatigue while enhancing physical and mental activity. It is able to do it because it contains compounds which lower oxidative stress and increases energy production in cells.
Improvement of cognitive abilities
Panax ginseng improves mental function in middle-aged individuals, people with Alzheimer’s disease, causing prolonged mental activities and preventing the onset of mental illness (dementia). It also reduces alcohol intoxication on the brain.
It helps improve recovery from chronic stress while functioning as an adaptogen in boosting mood and energy levels. It does this by altering the hormonal levels of your body. In young adults, it also improves memory performance.
Its ginsenosides serve as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substance that prevents inflammation of the nerves around your body tissues such as the stomach lining, bronchi and more.
Immune system booster
It enhances the effect of vaccinations for specific diseases as RSV, influenza, hepatitis C and rotavirus while preventing bacterial and other microbial infections via its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Improvement of lung function
It helps prevent bacterial infections of the lung and reduce symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Improved blood sugar levels
Panax ginseng has glucose regulatory properties that help you reduce sugar level (for type II diabetes) and its active compound helps improve insulin resistance and overall production.
Helps in the treatment of erectile dysfunction
Early application of the herb and removal before intercourse help prevent premature ejaculation.
Slowing premature aging
Negative radical in your body which enhances rapid aging can be reduced by the antioxidating effect of the ginseng herbal supplement.
Usage of Panax Ginseng
Topical application of the herbal supplement is, for now, the safest option in line with its intake as prescribed by a physician, why because oral consumption of the supplement is believed to cause prolonged effects on your endocrine system.
Its effect sets in about 10-20 minutes (this is the time for its circulation through the bloodstream) after intake, after which its effects (energy and mental alertness) on brain activities can be observed. Improvements can also be seen when the supplement is taken with a good diet and rest.
Based on the benefits discussed, the usage of Panax ginseng covers these health conditions under your several body systems highlighted below for you:
- Inflammations: gastritis, chronic bronchitis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
- Cystic fibrosis (lung infection)
- Diabetes (type II)
Side effects of Panax Ginseng
Next up are the special health conditions under which the intake of Panax ginseng herbal supplements are to be used on prescribed dosage for some and not at all for other conditions.
Here are conditions you should be mindful of:
- Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, SLE, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Hemophilia and other bleeding conditions
- Heart conditions
- Organ transplant
- Endocrine-sensitive conditions such as uterine fibroids, cancer (ovarian, uterine and breast), and endometriosis.
Pregnant mothers, infants, and children are susceptible to the intake of the herbal supplement, and should not be administered the supplement.
Of course, just like any medication, there are some side effects to this herbal supplement you should put into perspective and inform your physician immediately, upon observation of these signs, they are:
- Most common is Insomnia (lack of sleep).
- Less common side effects: mood swings, itching with rashes, diarrhea, high/low blood level, loss of appetite, and aches (head, breast).
- Uncommon symptoms: allergic reactions, liver condition or Steven-Johnson syndrome.
Interactions of Panax Ginseng with Other Substances
Ginseng herbal supplement interacts differently when taken in combination with certain drinks, beverages and medications, some of which enhances its effectiveness beyond the level stipulated and if not cautioned against might worsen your health condition, while for other substances the interaction of both the herbal and the substance are moderated.
- Anticoagulants: Medications such as Ibuprofen, aspirin, heparin, and others should not be taken with ginseng herbal supplement to prevent recurring bruises and bleeding, which would prevent blood clotting.
- Immunosuppressants: Especially for recent organ transplant patients, the intake of ginseng with these medications, will be counterproductive on the immune system and should be avoided at all times.
- Antidiabetic drugs
- Antidepressants: Taking these drugs with ginseng herb might result in side effects such as restiveness, insomnia, headache, and anxiety.
- Insulin: The combination of insulin and ginseng would lower the blood sugar level below the recommended amount, which could be drastic.
- Caffeine: This combination should be avoided because coupled with the singular effect of the herb alone, it would result in increased blood pressure, and heart rate than the usual.
- Alcohol: The effect seen with alcohol is moderate, and alcohol is broken down rapidly.
Dosage of Panax Ginseng
Though the two main forms of administration of this supplement are orally and topically.
Topical cream application is done for premature ejaculation, it is applied on the glans penis an hour before intercourse and removed before intercourse.
Orally administration differs in its dosage.
For Alzheimer’s disease: 4.5 to 9g of Panax ginseng for 3 months.
For COPD: 3 times daily intake of 100mg to 6g of Panax ginseng for 3 months.
For Erectile dysfunction:1400 to 2700mg of 2 to 3 doses of Panax ginseng for 3 months.
For Mental function: 200 to 600mg for about 3 months for a single dose of Panax ginseng.
Cost of Panax Ginseng
The cost of Panax ginseng herbal supplement would depend on its form and of course the purity level of the extracts as well as the dosage required.
These factors should be considered before you make an order and we have got your back on this!