Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Ginseng
Botanical Name: Panax ginseng C. A. Mey.
Common Name: Ginseng
Ginseng, the world's most famous Chinese herb, has been used in Asia for more than 5,000 years. In China, ginseng has been treasured since the dawn of written history. In the Qing Dynasty of ancient China, ginseng was prized more than gold.
Ginseng is an unique herb that helps to maintain excellent body functions. Ginseng has been used in herbal preparations for thousands of years. To enhance exercise endurance. To deliver energy and boost mood. To maintain health. To treat impotence and enhance sexual pleasure. Ginseng strengthens normal body function and builds up general vitality. Ginseng promotes well-being.
Ginseng is an adaptogen. This means, it is able to restore balances to the body's systems. So it can regulate blood pressure and glucose level, stimulate metabolic function and contribute to energy levels, mental efficiency and help in reducing the effects of stress. Healing effects of Ginseng are results of this property.
Oriental medicine uses ginseng as a necessary element of all their best prescriptions, and regards it as prevention and a cure. Ginseng is believed to be a revolutionary anti-aging supllement. Taking ginseng regularly increases vitality, improves your overall sense of well-being and can extend your life span.
Ginseng has been known in Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture as the "cure-all" herb for untold thousands of years. Ginseng is believed to be an adaptogen that builds up general vitality, helps overcome diseases and strengthens all body functions depending on the individual's needs. It is also known as an effective herbal aphrodisiac used to treat erectile dysfunction or just to enhance sexual pleasure.
Conditions, that are believed to be prevented and cured by ginseng include diabetes, asthma, vascular cramps, exhaustion, anemia, nausea, erectile dysfunction, indigestion, rheumatism, dizziness, depressions, lack of appetite, nervous disorders, insomnia, heart failure, female menstrual disorders and many others.
Several sorts of ginseng are available. White Korean Ginseng, or panax ginseng is the most famous one, and one of the most effective sorts. The name panax is derived from the Greek word panacea meaning, "all healing", because it helps to maintain excellent body functions.
Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao
Part Used: There are many types of ginseng,
including wild and cultivated. Cultivated
ginseng from Jilin Province in China is the
best quality. The ginseng roots are dug in
autumn after being cultivated for six to seven
years, and then they are cleaned, dried in
the sun, steamed or baked and cut into slices.
Natural Properties & Taste: Sweet, slightly
Meridians: Spleen and lung
• Promote well-being
• Reduce effects of stress
• Improve mental performance and vitality
• Improve coordination and reaction time
• Improve sexual functioning
• Reduce effects of aging
• Normalize blood pressure and blood sugar level
• Normalize cholesterol
• Boost physical performance
1. Collapsing syndrome due to severe deficiency
of primary qi, severe loss of blood, severe
vomiting or severe diarrhea manifested as
sweating, cold limbs, shortness of breath
and weak and fading pulse. Ginseng (Renshen)
can be used alone or with Prepared aconite
root (Fuzi) in the formula Shen Fu Tang.
2. Weakness of the spleen and stomach manifested
as poor appetite, lassitude, fullness in the
epigastric and abdominal regions and loose
stool. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with White
atractylodes (Baizhu), Poria (Fuling) and
Licorice root (Gancao) in the formula Sijunzi
3. Deficient qi of the lungs manifested
as shortness of breath, spontaneous sweating
and lassitude. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with
Gecko (Gejie) in the formula Renshen Gejie
4. Diabetes or exhaustion of qi and body
fluids by febrile disease manifested as thirst,
sweating, irritability, shortness of breath
and weak pulse. Ginseng (Renshen) is used
with Ophiopogon root (Maidong) and Schisandra
fruit (Wuweizi) in the formula Shengmai San.
If the abovementioned manifestations are accompanied
by fever, Ginseng (Renshen) can be taken with
Gypsum (Shigao) and Anemarrhena rhizome (Zhimu)
in the formula Baihu Jia Renshen Tang.
5. Mental restlessness manifested as palpitations,
anxiety, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep and
forgetfulness. Ginseng (Renshen) is used with
Wild jujube seed (Suanzaoren) and Chinese
angelica root (Danggui) in the formula Guipi
6. Impotence and premature ejaculation in
men or frigidity in women. Ginseng (Renshen)
can be used alone or with Pilose antler (Lurong)
and Human placenta (Ziheche).
Dosage: 5-10 g (for decoction), 1-2 g (for
powder), 15-30 g (decoction for severe collapsing)
Cautions & Contraindications: This herb
is contraindicated for a person with heat
signs or excessive syndromes without deficiency
of anti-pathogenic factor. It should not be
mixed with Black false bellebore (Lilu), Trogopterus
dung (Wulingzhi) and Chinese honey locust
(Zaojia). When taking Ginseng (Renshen), do
not drink tea or eat turnips.