Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb, its nutrients help our bodies cope with the effort, stress and fast pace brought on by everyday life. It is considered by as a basic plant in traditional medicine by Koreans and Chinese. According to traditional Chinese medicine, it helps balance bodily functions, increasing the body´s resistance to fatigue and illness.
The Ginseng plant is considered to be of national interest by Koreans. It is in this nation from which the first written texts on ginseng appeared. It is an herbal medicine called Shen-Nung, the sixth century BC China´s civilization has considered this plant as a remedy for all things, to the extent that this plant is called in Chinese “ren sheng”, which means "root of heaven." They thought that this plant could cure all diseases by making the lives of people longer lasting. The human form of the root probably influenced this belief because the ancients believed that the roots had medicinal properties had thus superior. The popularity of this plant in today´s civilization is enormous to the point that not only is it used as a medicinal plant, but part of many beverages, soft drinks or cookies are made with this ingredient.
There are various forms of ginseng which correspond to the same species, according to a source, how to cultivate, plant age, and so on. The main ones are:
- The White Ginseng: The ginseng root after collection
- Ginseng Brown: It´s the same root when dry.
- Red Ginseng: The ginseng plant which is either steamed or sun died. It seems that the medicinal properties in this version are more pronounced than the first, since the cooking of the root brings forward a greater proportion of its components.
Acids: ascorbic, citric, fumaric, malic and tartaric acids oleanolic (Root)
Ginsenosides (Root, leaves and buds)
Phytosterols: Beta sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol (Root)
Minerals: aluminum, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium and zinc (Root)
Fiber: Pectin (Root)
Vitamins: Vitamin C, biotin (vitamin B7), niacin (Vitamin B3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) (Root)
Carbohydrates: maltose, fructose, glucose and sucrose (Root)
In general, it is considered that the older specimens are best because they have more of active ingredients.
Red Ginseng Benefits
Ginseng is traditionally used to overcome a state of fatigue, or during periods of high physical and mental activity. It is often used by athletes to improve their physical performance or by people who suffer from stress and depression can benefit from using it routinely.
It is a useful aid to strengthen the immune system.
Traditionally, ginseng has been considered as one of the best aphrodisiacs. For many years, certain Eastern cultures took concoctions containing this plant to increase sexual desire and improve sexual intercourse.
Administered in suitable doses generally presents no contraindication. It should be used for two or three weeks at a time with a week rest in between.
Do not use together with caffeine (coffee, tea and colas) or other exciting to prevent overstimulation.
The red ginseng capsules should not be used during pregnancy or lactation.
It is inappropriate to use this plant in the following diseases:
- Thyroid problems: Because of its high iodine content, should not be taken in case of hyperthyroidism.
- Problems of hypertension.
- Diseases of the heart or arteries.
- Habitual headache. (Migraine)
The red ginseng capsules do not substitute varied and healthy lifestyle.
It is not a drug and can’t substitute usual treatment
Dosage: 2 capsules of red ginseng a day.
Presentation: Bottle of 90 Capsules Red Ginseng 500mg.