Have you heard of panax ginseng, a form of the ginseng root? Panax ginseng is also referred to as Asian ginseng.
Panax ginseng is an extremely versatile herb that I always recommend for patients suffering from fatigue or even sickness.
The name “panax” actually comes from a term meaning “all healing”, which characterizes the many properties that panax ginseng has to heal the entire body. It’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years!
So how can panax ginseng benefit you?
1. It helps you regulate nerve function – Panax ginseng’s effects on the Central Nervous System (CNS) have been well documented.
This root is known for enhancing both learning and memory, as well as protecting the brain against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease!
Panax ginseng, and indeed all forms of ginseng, contain compounds called ginsenosides. Many of these ginsenosides are identified, included ginsenosides Rb1 and Rg1.
Both of these can help improve learning, memory, and brain function in addition to helping reduce the chances of cognitive decline associated with the CNS.
2. It helps keep your heart healthy – The compounds ginsenosides that are present in panax ginseng have also been shown to help reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease, or heart disease. This is because ginseng helps reduce oxidative damage associated with aging as well as increases blood circulation.
3. It lowers your blood sugar and helps with weight loss – If you’re trying to lose weight, panax ginseng may be able to help! It’s an effective herb when it comes to lowering blood sugar, which has been linked to a healthy weight in addition to balanced hormones and a high metabolism.
Other studies show that panax ginseng can essentially help prevent the onset of obesity as well as improve insulin resistance in people susceptible to diabetes. Ginseng’s properties may be able to help people improve their energy and lose weight!
4. It improve your cognitive function – Did you know that panax ginseng can actually enhance your thinking and memory capabilities? Research proves that panax ginseng can help improve working and long-term memory!
Panax ginseng does this by energizing brain cells, its natural antioxidant power, and improving energy. Studies show that panax ginseng is an effective treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and can improve memory and concentration.
In addition to its cognitive benefits and promotion of healthy nerve function in the CNS, panax ginseng is great for a healthy brain and nerves!
5. It detoxes your liver – Due to the damaging effects that many modern pharmaceutical medications have on the liver, herbal alternatives pose a healthier solution if used correctly.
Research on panax ginseng shows that this root can actually help to protect the liver from various toxins, especially alcohol, and from radiation and even hepatitis.
Panax ginseng’s antioxidant properties can also improve the detox function of the liver. Always consult your herbalist before taking, as using ginseng with pharmaceutical medications could actually damage the liver, when ginseng is actually used to treat liver damage!
6. It boosts your immune system – Panax ginseng has been shown to help support the immune system to protect the body from sickness.
I advise patients to take panax ginseng to improve function of the immune system, but not to take ginseng during a cold. This is because ginseng is considered a “warm” herb in TCM, and can actually worsen a sore throat or inflammation.
You can take it for the prevention of colds and sickness and to decrease your chances of getting sick as well as to boost your immunity!
Other research indicates that panax ginseng has an antiviral, antibacterial effect on the body, and can even help reduce the risk of inflammation and chronic diseases. You can stay healthy and prevent disease and sickness with panax ginseng!
7. It improves chronic disease (COPD) – For patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic diseases, research proves that panax ginseng can help improve lung function!
Panax ginseng has also been shown to help people with COPD better respond to and be able to handle exercise while also enhancing their lung function. Talk with your natural healthcare doctor before supplementing with panax ginseng if you have COPD.
8. It helps fatigue – The antioxidant properties of panax ginseng have been shown to help reduce fatigue and increase energy levels. Panax ginseng also helps to improve attention and energy, therefore further aiding in the treatment of chronic fatigue.
Other studies show that panax ginseng can promote calmness and positive mood as well as cognitive function, aspects often affected when fatigue is present.
9. It helps you with fertility and having a healthy sex drive – Panax ginseng has been noted to promote fertility in both men and women as well as promote healthy sperm movement in men. Panax ginseng can help combat erectile dysfunction in addition to improving sperm production in men!
Research also shows that panax ginseng can help promote a healthy sex drive in men who suffer from low sex drive, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction.
10. It can protect you against cancer – Perhaps one of the best benefits of panax ginseng is its role in cancer prevention. When steamed, panax ginseng has been shown to have positive effects in the treatment of certain cancers, including breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
Panax ginseng can also help patients going through cancer treatment, especially chemotherapy, with fatigue, according to studies.
11. It helps you with insomnia – Did you know that panax ginseng can also be used to treat insomnia? Research demonstrates that different forms of ginseng can be helpful for getting a good night’s rest.
It’s important to note that overuse of ginseng can lead to the opposite behaviors, including irritability, anxiety, and sleeplessness. To ensure the right dose, always consult your herbalist or natural healthcare practitioner before taking!
How to Use Panax Ginseng?
It’s always recommended that you talk to a professional who’s familiar with you and your health before you begin supplementing with any type of herbs.
Herbs are medicine and should be taken under the guidance of someone who has been trained in the field of herbal medicine. Panax ginseng is no different!
The dosage of panax ginseng will depend on your unique body and situation. Panax ginseng can be boiled into a tea, taken as a tincture, or as a supplement. If taking the root, only one to two grams a day may be needed.
For supplements, how many milligrams will depend on the condition you plan on taking the ginseng for. As a tea, even a cup or two a day may help.
Have you ever tried panax ginseng? It has many wonderful properties, from its antiviral to antioxidant components, that can help heal the body. Let us know what your favorite form of ginseng is to take!