GINSENG (panax ginseng)
The part of the Ginseng plant that is used is the root. Panax comes from the Greek for “panacea” meaning “all healing.” In the Ginseng family there are American, Korean, Chinese and Siberian ginsengs. A Chinese text dating from the First Century A.D. describes ginseng as “enlightening to the mind and increasing the wisdom.” Russian folklore promotes ginseng as a stimulant and immunity booster. Ginseng is believed to enhance physical and mental endurance, increase energy, reduce cholesterol, to support adrenal function, to reduce stress and regulate blood sugar.
Historical uses of Ginseng include as an aphrodisiac; to cool the body and take stress off overheated livers. It provides stimulation to all body systems; alleviates stress and fatigue; promotes strength and vitality; nourishes the male reproductive organ; strengthens the adrenal glands. Ginseng increases blood circulation.