The healing power of ginseng

In Asia and North America, ginseng has been used for centuries because of its medicinal powers. Today, ginseng is known worldwide and is even described as an "Eastern panacea". But what is ginseng? And how can it benefit your health? In this article you can find the answers to these questions.

What is ginseng? 

Ginseng is a medicinal plant known for its healing properties. The ginseng plant has thick and fleshy roots. It is mainly these roots that are used in health products. They contain the healthy substances to which ginseng owes its numerous health benefits. The root of the ginseng plant is harvested after a cultivation period of no less than 4 to 6 years. The active ingredients of ginseng are ginsenosides, but the plant also contains polysaccharides which also play an important role.

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Different types of ginseng

There are different types of ginseng that can be distinguished depending on their place of origin. When it comes to the medicinal effect, there are small differences between different types of ginseng. The most medicinal properties can be found in the following types of ginseng:

  • Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng): the most powerful form that is used most often.
  • Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng)
  • Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng)

What are the other benefits of ginseng? 

One of the reasons ginseng has a healing power is because it contains adaptogens. Adaptogens are substances present in certain plants and are known for their balancing, restorative and protective properties. These substances adjust their function according to the deficiencies in your body, which makes them very special. For example, they enhance the body's response to stress and make it easier to deal with anxiety and fatigue.

The 7 benefits of ginseng: 

1. Ginseng helps to fight fatigue in a natural way. 

2. Ginseng helps you to better react to stressful situations. 

3. Ginseng stimulates your ability to concentrate.

4. Ginseng strengthens your immune system. 

5. The plan may stabilise the sugar level. 

6. Ginseng enhances the sport performances by providing extra energy.

7. Ginseng improves mood. 

Different forms of ginseng

In the Western world, ginseng is usually available in the form of tablets, capsules or drinks such as tea and coffee. Ginseng is also increasingly being applied onto the skin using cosmetic products such as creams. The ginsenosides applied to the skin are absorbed deep into the skin and muscle tissue and even enter the bloodstream.

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Do you prefer ginseng in the form of a dietary supplement? At Optiphar, you can find dietary supplements with ginseng in the shape of capsules, tablets and ampoules.

Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking ginseng, seeing as ginseng may counteract or enhance the effect of certain medicines.

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