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.
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”.