Ginseng is one of the most popular herbs used around the world. Ginseng is an integral ingredient in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) because of its many & varied health properties. There are many species of Ginseng, but authentic Ginseng belongs to the genus Panax & grows well in the cooler climates in North America & Eastern Asia. Ginseng’s active ingredient is ginsenosides which work as an adaptogen as it helps your body to ‘adapt’ to mental & physical stress.
The Top 3 Ginsengs
Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng) – also known as Korean Ginseng, this herb provides energy & aids memory. It may improve heart health & benefit neurodegenerative disease.
American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) – is an immune booster, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & stress reliever. Unfortunately, this species has been over-harvested & is now endangered.
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus lentiscus) is untrue as it is not from the Panax genus. However, it provides similar benefits as an adaptogen, increases energy & an immune system stimulant.
The Top 4 Benefits of Ginseng
Improve mental performance, memory & concentration
Improves mood & reduces stress
Immune booster & fights infection
Ginseng can be found in energy drinks (watch out for sugar content!) & coffee as a natural stimulant. However, most people enjoy drinking Ginseng as a herbal tea. It is a mild-flavoured tea best consumed in the morning or after lunch for a quick energy boost. Also available in therapeutic supplements to help relieve stress, lethargy & boost immunity.
Number 1 Ginseng Tip!
As Ginseng is an energy-producing herb, avoid taking it at night as it may lead to insomnia!