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Ginseng (Panax ginseng) has been valued in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. Ginseng can be found in several different forms. Although it is a native to China, it is also cultivated in Japan, Russia, and Korea. A form, Panax quinquefolius can be found growing in the United States. There is also a form referred to as Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and Korean Ginseng.
The active ingredients in Ginseng are a set of compounds called ginsenoside. These complex chemicals have a variety of effects, ranging from stimulation of the nervous system to reduction of blood sugar levels. The herb also has an antioxidant effect, stimulates the immune system, thins the blood, and reduces bad cholesterol levels.
Ginseng is traditionally used as an energizer or for fatigue. It has been found to improve abstract thinking, speed up reaction time, and boost resistance to viral infections. In Chinese medicine, it is also considered a remedy for digestive problems, vomiting, and bloody sputum, although its effectiveness for these purposes remains unverified.
Food Sources Orally, ginseng is well tolerated although some people did report side effects. The most common side effect was insomnia.
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American Ginseng 5% Ginsenoside 500mg 100 Capsules
Cautions Orally, ginseng is well tolerated although some people did report side effects. The most common side effect was insomnia.