Korean Ginseng Information and Benefits

Korean Ginseng Information and Benefits

Ginseng is the dried root of one of several species of the Araliaceae family of herbs. The most common type of ginseng is Asian ginseng, often called Panax, Chinese, or Korean ginseng - but most frequently refered to as Panax Ginseng. Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) is a knobby, light tan root. Occasionally the center part of the root is said to resemble the human body because the string like shoots that stem off from the root look like arms and legs.

The ginseng plant is more commonly identified by its leaves that form a circular pattern growing around its straight stem. Yellowish-green flowers bloom in the center of the plant and produce red berries from their umbrella-like blossoms. Since ginseng root is only ready for use once it is about 4 to 6 years old it is important to know that the age of the plant can be identified by counting the number of wrinkles around the plant's neck.

Panax ginseng contains compounds known as adaptogens. Adaptogens are believed to be helpful for people dealing with physical and/or emotional stress. Today, several Asian countries are prescribing panax ginseng as a treatment for several illnesses, including heart conditions and to enhance overall health.

When used with Ginkgo biloba, panax ginseng may improve memory and symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Ginseng supplements are mostly made from the ginseng root's long, thin offshoots called root hairs. The main chemical ingredients in panax ginseng are the ginsenosides (Rg1 as marker); glycans (panaxans); polysaccharide fraction DPG-3-2; peptides; maltol; and volatile oil.

Ginseng Dosage Recommendations

The suggested dose for Korean (panax) ginseng is 1,000 to 2,000 mg of fresh root, 600 to 2,000 mg of dried root, or 200 to 600 mg of liquid extract daily. If you are healthy and are using ginseng to increase your physical or mental performance, to prevent illness, or to improve resistance to stress, you should take ginseng at the recommended dosage in cycles. For example, take 1,000 to 2,000 mg fresh root, 600 to 2,000 mg dried root, or 200 to 600 mg liquid extract daily for 15 to 20 days, followed by two weeks without taking ginseng.

For help recovering from an illness, the elderly should either take 500 mg twice a day for three months and then stop or take 500 mg twice a day for a month, followed by a two-month break.

When taking ginseng, use only standardized products. Standardization is the only way of assuring quality in herbal products.