The American ginseng or Panax quinquefolius is also known as 'Five-fingers', 'Five-leafed Ginseng', and 'Redberry'. The important nutrients present in this herb include vitamin A, vitamin B6, zinc, polysaccharide glycans, as well as ginsenosides and quinquefolius A, B, and C.
The American ginseng is used effectively both as a preventive measure and a cure for various ailments.
» The American ginseng is known to be an adaptogen. This helps the body to fight stress, which may be caused by viral or bacterial infections, as well as other physical and emotional factors. It helps to strengthen the body, enhances physical and mental performance, reduces fatigue, improves mood, and promotes vitality and quality of life.
» Apart from being an adaptogen, this herb is also an aphrodisiac, and helps to deal with sexual dysfunction. It ensures the appropriate estrogen levels in women, which helps to provide relief during menopause, as well as improve sexual function. It is also considered to be a natural remedy for low sperm count, impotency, and other disorders of the reproductive system.
» As a demulcent, the herb has a soothing effect on the inflamed mucous membranes, and prevents irritation.
» It is also a stimulant which gives more energy, and a stomachic which is known to strengthen and tone the stomach. It is also beneficial for those who have a poor appetite.
» The American ginseng promotes Yin energy (coldness), and helps to deal with conditions like high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, impaired concentration, etc.
» It is assumed to slow down the progress of ailments such as Alzheimer's, and stimulates the central nervous system, as well as improves the function of neurotransmitters.
» Coming to the cardiovascular health, this medicinal herb helps to reduce the levels of triglyceride, increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol), reduce the total cholesterol levels in blood, and has a relieving effect on pulmonary complaints. People who are at a risk of suffering from stroke or heart attack may prevent their episodes by regular consumption of ginseng.
» The American ginseng improves the functioning of the endocrine glands such as the pituitary and adrenal glands.
The American ginseng helps to deal with:
- Cold and flu
- Chest pain
- Lung disorders
- Liver disorders
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Pancreatic and ovarian disorders
- Signs and symptoms of aging
- Side effects of radiation therapy and chemotherapy
The wild species of the American ginseng is more effective and potent, than the cultivated ones. However, the herb has its share of side effects like nausea, diarrhea, headaches, etc. Hence, it would be wise to discuss your medical history with a doctor, and seek his/her consent, so as to prevent any undesirable complications.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.