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      Ginseng health benefits

      Ginseng has a long tradition in traditional Chinese medicine of being very effective in treating fatigue, lethargy and weakness in old age. It boosts the immune system and provides additional energy which can be also be useful for those suffering from male sexual dysfunction.

      There are various types of ginseng, this page focuses on Panax Ginseng otherwise referred to as Asian, Chinese Red, or Korean ginseng

      Ginseng can be used for:

      Treating lethargy and fatigue

      Improving the health of people recovering from illness

      Increasing a sense of well-being and stamina

      Improving both mental and physical performance

      Treating erectile dysfunction,

      Treating hepatitisC 

      Treating symptoms related to menopause

      Lowering blood glucose and controlling blood pressure

      Contraindications and side effects

      When taken by mouth, ginseng is usually well tolerated. Some sources suggest that its use be limited to 3 months because of concerns about the development of longer term side effects.

      The most common side effects are headaches, sleep and gastrointestinal problems.

      Asian ginseng can cause allergic reactions.

      There have been reports of breast tenderness, menstrual irregularities, and high blood pressure associated with Asian ginseng products, but these products' components were not analysed, so effects may have been due to another herb or drug in the product.

      Asian ginseng may lower levels of blood sugar; this effect may be seen more in people with diabetes. Therefore, people with diabetes should use extra caution with Asian ginseng, especially if they are using medicines to lower blood sugar or taking other herbs, such as bitter melon and fenugreek, that also lower blood sugar.

      Active compounds

      Steroidal glycosides called panaxosides;sterols, D vitamins

      Adult tincture dosage:

      Based on a tincture with a herb to alcohol ratio of 1:3 take 2ml to 4ml three times a day

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