Ginseng roots contain hormone like substances that strengthen the immune system, fight stress, protect the liver, prevent memory loss, relieve hot flashes, enhance sexual desire, ease difficult childbirth, regulate blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, and protect against cancer.
Regular use of ginseng helps protect the spleen and lungs. Ginseng use also raises energy levels, can help stop internal bleeding, and is a remedy for diarrhea. For treating asthma and cough, combine with ginger and walnuts. For treating chronic cough or weak lungs, combine with mulberry bark. For treating gastric ulcer pain, combine with slippery elm.
Ginseng is considered a powerful, adaptogenic herb. It has properties that treat a broad spectrum of diseases. Benefits from using ginseng are cumulative. Taking the herb for several months to a year (with weekly breaks every two months) is much more effective than short term doses.
Ginseng is sometimes used in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders and is considered a heart tonic. It also has a therapeutic effect on recurrent viral infections like HIV.
Regular use of ginseng protects against radiation, heavy metals, and air born pollution.
One of the most promising uses of ginseng is its normalizing effects on skin cancer cells. As the world’s ozone layer thins, exposing the population to harmful UV rays, ginseng offers much needed protection. It help guard against aging skin and early wrinkling.
Studies show that ginseng is beneficial for both males and females. Regular use of ginseng increases sperm count in men and increases fertility in women. It prevents thinning of the vaginal walls and prevents general menopausal discomforts.
Ginseng offers long term mental and psychological benefits. It is good for depression, assists the memory process, improves concentration, and brings about alertness. It is often used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Ginseng is also known to inhibit the growth of liver cancer cells (one of the most difficult cancers to overcome).
Roots may be chewed or made into tea. Ginseng may also be purchased in capsule form for use in herbal medicine.
Wild ginseng of the Appalachian region ( North Georgia included) is the most highly-valued ginseng in the world. Due to heavy harvesting the wild ginseng plant is becoming rare and permits are required for gathering the roots.
Ginseng can be grown in a stimulated “wild” wooded environment. Ginseng’s biggest pest is the poacher. When starting a ginseng bed, pick a site that can be monitored regularly.
Do not crowd ginseng plants. They must have plenty of air circulation. One plant per square foot ensures maximum growth. Plant seeds in autumn when tree leaves start to fall and expect to wait four to five years for the first harvest.
* After using ginseng regularly for a couple of months, discontinue use for two weeks. Do not use ginseng with caffeine. People with high blood pressure should not use ginseng. Do not use ginseng during pregnancy. Always consult with a healthcare professional before taking any herbal remedies especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.
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