The effects of ginseng depend on the kind of ginseng that is used. There are two main types of ginseng:
AMERICAN GINSENG (PANAX QUINQUEFOLIUS)
American Ginseng provides a cool and calming effect, sedating the nervous system. This herb contains ginsenosides, which stimulate the immune system and fight fatigue and stress by supporting the adrenal glands and the use of oxygen by exercising muscles. American ginseng is also considered superior for gastrointestinal problems.
ASIAN GINSENG (PANAX GINSENG)
Asian ginseng has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. The first reference to the health-enhancing use of Asian ginseng dates to the first century AD, in which the writer mentions ginseng's use as follows:
"It is used for repairing the five viscera, quieting the spirit, curbing the emotion, stopping agitation, removing noxious influence, brightening the eyes, enlightening the mind and increasing wisdom. Continuous use leads one to longevity with light weight."
In the Orient, Ginseng was commonly used by the elderly to improve mental and physical vitality.
Chinese Ginseng: Chinese ginseng is excellent for people who are weak or for problems of impotence. It is a natural form of energy tonic that not only is useful for sexual weakness but also for heart weakness, digestive weakness, shortness of breath.
Korean Ginseng: Korean ginseng comes in several forms. The red ginseng is warming like Chinese ginseng and the white ginseng is cooling like American ginseng. Red ginseng is for people who are weak and chilled and have slow metabolism. White ginseng is for people who have chronic fever, thirst, hot flashes, and people who crave excess sweets and have excess hunger. It is a cooling moistening ginseng.
The name Panax is derived from Greek, which means "cure-all".
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