Ginseng: the Decathlete

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What is ginseng?

Ginseng is actually a broad term of different species of plants which all belong to the Panax genus. There are two main types of ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). All the species of ginseng consists of nearly a dozen species.

Panax ginseng


Why do people take ginseng?


Although ginseng has traditionally be used in a wide variety of medical conditions, the effectiveness for most of them is still to be proved by further research.


Traditionally, people use ginseng to stimulate the mind, reduce inflammation, release stress, promote energy, and for anti-aging purposes. Recent studies show that ginseng may boost the immune system, and may help lower blood sugar levels.



Studies also show that ginseng may help improve mood, boost endurance, treat cancer, hear disease, fatigue, high blood pressure, and other conditions. Not all the evidence is conclusive, but you can see how ginseng performs as a “decathlete” in the “Olympics of Medicine”.

3 Answers

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So which ginseng do I need to take for energy
Normally they use Panax ginseng, the Asian one. But you need to consult your doctor before taking it because an inappropriate amount of ginseng may have side effects, which might be serious.
Which form of ginseng is recommended for bronchitis, allergy, sinus, immune system, chronic pain, migraine, IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], endocrine system, calcium fungi  [fingernail, toenail], arterial flow, & as a skin moisture?
Ginseng has three main functions: improving immune function, reducing feelings of fatigue and increasing feelings of energy, and improving sexual function, both in men and women. The top three ginseng supplements in 2019 are Auragin Korean Ginseng, NuSci Panax Ginseng, and Nature’s Answer American Ginseng. However it is unlikely that any kind of ginseng or ginseng supplements can help with so many diseases listed above. If you are suffering from health conditions, I would suggest seeking for a doctor's help.
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