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Where is the best ginseng from?

Asked by Ihealbox (8points) August 18th, 2014

It is said that ginseng is good to health. I want to buy ginseng, but I don’t know if ginseng is good for me to take and where produce the best ginseng. My people said eating ginseng is not bad to our health. Do they eat too much? Or eat in wrong way?

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History of Ginseng-China
The word Ginseng comes from the chinese term “rénshen”, which literally translates into “man root”. It is thought to have been given this name because the root of the plant looks like the legs of a man.
Panax Ginseng grew wildly in the mountains
of Manchuria.
Over five thousand years ago, in the mountains of Manchuria, China, Panax ginseng was commonly used for its rejuvenating powers.
The herb was considered to be a symbol of divine harmony and its human shape was highly desirable.
The benefits of ginseng were first documented during China’s Liang Dynasty (220 to 589 AD).
Chinese legend has it that early emperors used to use it as a remedy for all illnesses and not only consumed it, but also used it in soaps, lotions and creams.
In the third century A.C., China’s demand for Ginseng sparked huge international trade of the herb from other parts of the world – in exchange for silk etc.
What is Ginseng Used For?
Traditionally Ginseng has been used to treat a number of different ailments. However, it should be noted that Ginseng’s therapeutic properties are often questioned by Western scientists and health professionals because of little “high-quality” research determining its true effectiveness in medicine.
People who take Ginseng, do so because they say it:
Provides energy and prevents fatigue – Ginseng stimulates physical and mental activity among people who are weak and tired. A Mayo Clinic study revealed that Ginseng showed good results in helping cancer patients with fatigue.
Improves cognitive function – Ginseng may improve thinking ability and cognition. Research published in the The Cochrane Library, conducted at the Medical School of Nantong University in China, examined whether this claim holds any truth.
Lead author, JinSong Geng, M.D., said that given the results of the study “ginseng appears to have some beneficial effects on cognition, behavior and quality of life.”
Another study, published in the Journal of Dairy Science, explored whether it would be possible to incorporate American Ginseng into foods. The researchers developed ginseng fortified milk with sufficient levels of ginseng to improve cognitive function.
Has anti-inflammatory effects – Ginseng has seven constituents, ginsenosides, which have immune-suppressive effects, according to results of experiments which were published in the Journal of Translational Medicine
Allan Lau, who led the study, said that “the anti-inflammatory role of ginseng may be due to the combined effects of these ginsenosides, targeting different levels of immunological activity, and so contributing to the diverse actions of ginseng in humans”.
Prevents cancer – There may be substances in Ginseng that have anticancer properties. A few population studies in Asia have linked the herb’s consumption to a lower risk of cancer.1
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers found that Ginseng improved survival and quality of life after a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society said that “clinical trials are still needed to determine whether it is effective in people.”
May help men with erectile dysfunction – Men may take Ginseng to treat erectile dysfunction. A 2002 Korean study revealed that 60 percent of men who took ginseng noticed an improvement in their symptoms. In addition, research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology provided “evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.“2
Side effects of Ginseng
Although Ginseng is generally considered to be safe to consume, the following side effects have been reported:
Elevated heart rate
Difficulty sleeping
Women may also experience swollen breasts and vaginal bleeding.
Complications associated with Ginseng
Doctors do not recommend taking Ginseng along with a class of antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), because it can cause manic episodes and tremors.
Ginseng can alter the effects of blood pressure and heart medications, including calcium channel blockers such as nifedipine (Procardia庐). Never mix Ginseng with heart medications without consulting your doctor first.
In addition, Ginseng can increase the risk of bleeding when taken with drugs that affect blood clotting (such as warfarin or aspirin), according to the American Cancer Society.3
Ginseng overdose
Symptoms of mild overdose include:
Blurred Vision
Dry mouth
Symptoms of severe overdose include:
Decreased heart rate
People who experience any of the symptoms listed above should stop taking Ginseng and immediately seek medical attention.
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