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How to use ginseng in a therapeutic setting?

Ginseng or Panax ginseng is a herbaceous plant with a tuberous root which branches more and more with age. It is part of the botanical family Araliaceae. For millennia, it has occupied a very important place in traditional Chinese medicine. In the world of modern herbal medicine, it is used to cure several types of diseases. It also contains many active substances which are at the origin of its therapeutic qualities. We distinguish, among others, ginsenosides, terpene derivatives, essential oil, essential amino acids, trace elements as well as vitamins of group B, C and E.

Uses in natural medicine

Ginseng is mainly used to combat physical and intellectual exhaustion. It strengthens vitality and body energy in case of fatigue, asthenia or during periods of convalescence. In athletes, it improves physical performance and increases endurance. Indeed, it stimulates the breakdown of sugar and lactic acid. At the intellectual level, it prevents cognitive decline and memory problems. It also improves mental abilities.

In addition, this medicinal plant has the reputation of boost libido. It is particularly effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and sexual impotence. In women, it helps to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.

In addition, ginseng also helps to:

  • Stimulate immune system responses (adaptogenic property)
  • Relieve symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis
  • Fight against nervous agitations such as stress or anxiety
  • Treat digestive tract disorders
  • Prevent cancer
  • Maintain healthy hair and skin

Dosage forms available

Generally, we find the ginseng in the form of decoction, dry extracts, fluid extracts, powder, capsule, ampoule, mother tincture and essential oil or massage oil.

Recommendations for use and usual dosages

Decoction or herbal tea: During the night, cold macerate 1 to 2 g of ginseng powder (or ½ teaspoon of dried root) in 100 ml of water. Boil for 2 minutes in the morning and drink up to 3 cups a day.

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Ampule : In the morning, dilute 1 ampoule of 10 ml in a glass of water.

Capsule: As a dietary supplement and as part of a healthy lifestyle, take 3 to 6 capsules daily.

Mother tincture: For a cure of 3 weeks, dilute 25 to 30 drops of tincture in a glass of water and consume 3 times a day.

Precautions for use and contraindications

I’use of ginseng is to be avoided at:

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Children under 18
  • People with heart conditions, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • People contracting or having a history of hormone-dependent cancer

In case of ingestion in high doses or a long course, it can cause diarrhea, nervousness, mood swings and heart palpitations.

This plant can also reduce the effects of neuroleptics and anticoagulants.

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