Ginseng is " THE " source of vital energy for the body and mind to contribute to your vital energy and well-being.
Ginseng "root (gin) man (jen)" owes its name to the shape of its fleshy root (or rhizome) which vaguely resembles a human figure.
Panax comes from Panacea, the daughter of Aesculapius, god of medicine, and means "cure for all ills". (historical translation)
A bit of history
Ginseng was discovered in the mountains of northern China (Manchuria) more than 5,000 years ago, but it is likely that it was first used as a food.
The first documentation of the use of Ginseng for medicinal purposes was found in the Treatise on Medicinal Herbs (Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing) written around 2,800 B.C., a compilation of the oral teachings of Emperor Shen Nong.
Its use was reserved for royalty.
The death penalty was applied to other users.
The reports of Marco Polo in China made this plant known, but he is a French Jesuit father, Father Jartoux who learned about its healing properties and gave a detailed description of the plant.
In America, it was used by the Indians.
The commercial harvest of American Ginseng began as early as 1717 and a massive export followed!
Do you know that?
There are several types of this plant, but the most popular are American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng).
American Ginseng is thought to act as a relaxing agent, while the Asian variety has an invigorating effect.
The American is harvested before 4 years, the white between 4 and 6 years, the red after 6 years and more.
It is traditionally used in traditional Chinese medicine to boost energy and help the body cope with physical and mental fatigue, a use confirmed by a large number of scientific works.
Roots are not harvested for several years.
They are then a real concentrate of vital elements: minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids and of course specific active ingredients, ginsenosides and gintonine.
Which makes this root a powerful antioxidant.
It helps the body react to any influence and normalizes physiological functions.
In vitro studies have shown that the extracts stimulate certain immune cells to produce interferons, which are substances capable of fighting certain viruses.
Revitalizing general, it protects against oxidative stress and improves intellectual capacities and concentration.
Its traditional uses?
It is used for :
- Strengthen the immune system
- Boosting brain function
Ginseng is traditionally used in the case of
great fatigue, exhaustion, lack of energy
Studies? Yes !
A double-blind study of 364 cancer patients with fatigue showed that those who received 2,000 mg of American Ginseng had significantly lower levels of fatigue than the placebo group after eight weeks.
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- Younus J, Collins A, Wang X, et al. A double blind placebo controlled pilot study to evaluate the effects of ginseng on fatigue and quality of life in adult chemo-naive cancer patients. J Clin Oncol 2003;22:733.
- Barton DL, Soori GS, Bauer BA, et al. Pilot study of Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) to improve cancer-related fatigue: a randomized, double-blind, dose-finding evaluation: NCCTG trialN03CA. Support Care Cancer 2010;18:179-87.
- Chevalier P. Medications and cancer-related fatigue. MinervaF 2009;8(4):51. Comment on Cramp F, Daniel J. Exercise for the management of cancer-related fatigue in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2008, Issue 2.
- European Scientific Cooperative On Phytotherapy. Ginseng radix in: ESCOP Monographs. Published by ESCOP Exeter, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2003 pp. 211-222.
- Hänsel R, Keller K, Rimpler H, Schneider G. Panax in: Hagers handbuch der Pharmazeutischen Praxis. Springer Verlag, Berlin pp. 12-34.
- European Medicines Agency. Panax ginseng, in: Herbal Monographs. http://www. ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/medicines/herbal/medicines/herbal_med_000106.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac058001fa1d (accessed July 30, 2014).