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August 21, 2020

The Chinese have been using ginseng for thousands of years as it has been proven to ¬enhance energy, improve sexual performance, build cognitive capabilities, ease stress, slow aging and prevent diseases.

Ginseng, the English name given to this herb was derived from the Chinese term rénshēn - Rén –man and Shēn- type of herb. It was given this name because of the fact that ginseng resembles the shape of a human with a body, arms and legs. It was later given the botanical name of Panax by Linnaeus, known as the father of botany, the name derived from the Greek word - All Healing or The Cure All.

Did You Know?

Ginseng was discovered in the mountains of Northern China in Manchuria over 5000 years ago although it is believed that it was first used as a food way back. The first documentation of ginseng being used for its medicinal purposes was in the classic of herbal medicine of shennong written between 206bc – 220ad and is said to be a compilation of Emperor Shennongs verbal traditions.

More than 80,000 tons of fresh ginseng are produced worldwide annually.

Why Our Bodies Need Ginseng & Proven Health Benefits

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, dried ginseng was used as a tonic to revitalize and replenish vital energy. It is also used to treat anaemia, insomnia, gastritis, abnormal blood pressure and fatigue. Ginseng is used today in health supplements to help improve energy levels, prevent fatigue and exhaustion. 

  • Ginseng has beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies have shown that ginseng extracts and compounds could inhibit inflammation and increase antioxidant capacity in cells.
  • Ginseng helps improve brain functions like memory, behaviour and mood. Studies have shown that components in ginseng, like ginsenosides and compound K, could protect the brain against damage caused by free radicals.
  • Research has shown that ginseng is a useful alternative for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Compounds in it may protect against oxidative stress in blood vessels and tissues and help restore normal function.
  • Ginseng helps strengthen the immune system. Studies have shown that people who take ginseng could have up to a 35% higher chance of living disease-free for five years after curative surgery and up to a 38% higher survival rate compared to those not taking it.
  • Ginseng can be helpful in reducing the risk of certain cancers. Ginsenosides in this herb have been shown to help reduce inflammation and provide antioxidant protection.
  • Ginseng has been shown to help fight fatigue and promote energy. Various studies have linked components in ginseng, like polysaccharides and oligopeptides, with lower oxidative stress and higher energy production in cells which could help fight fatigue.

What Is Panax Ginseng?

While there are numerous types of ginseng, one has far more clinical evidence supporting its role as a natural healthcare product - Panax ginseng. Panax ginseng originated in Asia and today is grown in the cold temperate regions in North East China and Korean peninsula. It is now one of the most heavily cultivated herbs in the world.

Panax ginseng is a perennial shrub, about 50–80 cm in height. It bears inconspicuous flowers which develop into red berries and has a turnip-shaped root that quite often, due to the way it branches, appears like a human figure.

It’s the root that is of the most interest medicinally. That’s because most of the important components and ‘active’ ingredients are found here.

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