• Dr. Wilde

AMERICAN GINSENG

Updated: Oct 20, 2019


American Ginseng is an adaptogen known by its technical name of panax quinquefolius, an herb affording a broad range of benefits. Treating conditions like the common cold and conferring benefits for those afflicted with cancer and diabetes, it is a highly versatile herb


Sources: Grows wild in Appalachian and Ozark regions of the United States, as well as eastern Canada. Additionally, this herb is cultivated on ginseng farms and can be grown domestically



Benefits:


Diabetes: A study conducted in 2000 showed diabetic subjects who took American Ginseng prior to a meal resulted in ideal post-prandial blood sugar levels


Antioxidant: Shown to reduce oxidative stress, help regulate energy metabolism and protect mitochondria


Anti-Inflammatory: Helps defend against DNA damage and control inflammatory responses in overreactive allergy and autoimmune conditions


Cold: This herb has proven effective at reducing the rate and severity of the common cold in studies tested against placebos


Cognition and Brain Health: Shown to improve mood, working memory and calms the nervous system. Also conferred benefits on those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease


Cancer: Effective against tumors and protective against the effects of chemotherapy - this may be directly related to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties


Fatigue: As an adaptogen, American Ginseng helps the body endure higher stress for longer periods without succumbing to fatigue. It also helps regulate between your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system



Risks: Reported and observed side effects of this herb in high doses have included rapid heart beat, anxiety, insomnia, headache, low blood sugar and fluctuating hormone levels. It can also cause birth defects in pregnant women. Additionally, American Ginseng has been known to have potentiating harmful effects when combined with blood thinners and high blood pressure medications



Sustainability: American Ginseng grows wild through the Appalachian and Ozark regions of the United States, as well as in eastern Canada. While wild populations are less than they were in the 18th and 19th centuries, there is still not indication that the species is at risk of endangerment. Ginseng farms produce this herb commercially and it can easily be cultivated domestically

Processing: Like other ginsengs, the roots are the medicinal and valuable part of this plant. The roots are dried or dehydrated, then stored whole, sliced, chopped or powdered for consumption. You can find a complete breakdown of how to cultivate American Ginseng here


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Resources:


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659571/ - Cardiovascular disease and ginseng

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25778987 - Benefits on working memory

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103855/ - Benefits for neurodegenerative diseases

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22566158 - Benefits for diabetes

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103855/ - Benefits on tumors


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