Common name: Ginseng
Latin name: Panax ginseng, Panax quinquefolius
Other names: Asian ginseng, Asiatic ginseng, Chinese ginseng, Korean ginseng
Habitat: Ginseng is native to eastern Asia.
Description: Ginseng is a perennial plant with large, fleshy, slow-growing root. The stem is erect, simple, about 0.3 meters tall, with three leaves and a single umbel with small, yellow flowers.
Parts used: Root.
Useful components: Complex carbohydrates called ginsenosides (or panaxosides).
Medicinal use: Ginseng root is considered to be an adaptogen, increasing vitality and the ability of our body to resist physical stress. It also improves the health of people recovering from illnesses. Studies have shown its beneficial results in treatment of patients suffering from hepatitis C and type II diabetes. Its active compounds, ginsenocides, are the key substances for the plantís medicinal properties. They balance metabolic processes, lower blood sugar, stimulate endocrine glands, thus maintaining proper hormone levels. Ginseng is also known, both traditionally and in modern medicine, to be an aphrodisiac, especially helpful in treatment of sexual dysfunctions in men.
Safety: Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption of any herb.