Panax Ginseng Health Benefits and Information

Panax Ginseng Health Benefits and Information

Panax ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family of plants, which includes the closely related American ginseng and less similar Siberian ginseng. Panax ginseng commonly grows on mountain slopes and is usually harvested in the fall. The root of panax ginseng is used preferably from plants older than six years of age.

Panax ginseng is different from American ginseng and Eleuthero. They are not interchangeable.

Unlike American ginseng and Eleuthero or Siberian Ginseng, panax has been a part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years. In some studies a combination of panax ginseng and gingko seemed to increase memory and thinking processes.

Dosage and Administration

Panax ginseng may be taken by mouth or applied topically. It is available in capsules, dried root powder, fresh root, liquid extracts, and teas. Usually it is standardized to contain 7 of the active ingredients known as ginsenosides.

The amounts of active chemicals in panax ginseng vary greatly according to how the plants are grown, harvested, processed, and stored. Panax ginseng products may be extended with other types of ginseng that are less expensive to produce.

Recommended daily dose of oral Panax ginseng is:
  • Fresh Root - 500 mg to 3000 mg (0.5 -3 grams).
  • Dried root powder capsules - 200 mg to 600 mg.
Tea may be made by soaking chopped fresh root or 1500 mg (1.5 grams) of dried root powder in about 5 ounces of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain to remove solid particles. You may wish to sweeten the tea or flavor it with other herbs to make it more enjoyable.

It is encouraged to discontinue use after 3 months for a period of 2-3 weeks if using panax ginseng continuously. It is always best to follow the directions on the package.