Tips for using ginseng in herbal medicine and home remedies

Regular use of ginseng increases sperm count in men and increases fertility in women. Studies show that ginseng is beneficial for both males and females. Ginseng brings strength and stamina to men. It promotes healthy ovaries during child bearing years and prevents thinning of the vaginal walls in menopausal women. This wild-harvested root is so amazing that it currently sells for over $600 a pound when dried. Farm-grown ginseng can be purchased at much cheaper prices.

Ginseng grows wild in the North Georgia Mountains.
Drying fresh ginseng roots -- photo by Janice Boling

Fresh ginseng should be dried for three or four days in a warm, airy location such as an attic with fan. This wild ginseng was found near Blairsville, Georgia.

Ginseng roots improve immunity and more.

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.

Ginseng raises energy levels.

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. For treating chronic cough or weak lungs, combine with mulberry bark. For treating gastric ulcer pain, combine with slippery elm.

Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb and its benefits are cumulative.

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 can raise blood pressure in some people.

Ginseng is sometimes used in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders and is considered a heart tonic although it can raise blood pressure in some people. It also has a therapeutic effect on recurrent viral infections like HIV.

Regular use of ginseng protects against pollution.

Regular use of ginseng helps protect against radiation, heavy metals, and air born pollution. Use dried ginseng in tea or chew on fresh root.

Ginseng protects skin from free radical damage.

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.

Ginseng is used in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer's, and liver cancer.

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).

Fresh roots may be chewed.

Roots may be chewed or made into tea. It is very bitter but I have developed a taste for it. Ginseng may also be purchased in tinctures can capsule forms.

Appalachian wild ginseng is the most potent.

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. In 2017, dried ginseng roots sell for over $600 per pound depending on size and shape. Large roots with many branches are very valuable. The most expensive ginseng roots resemble a human body with arms and legs. Find more information about harvesting or selling ginseng in Georgia -- Georgia Ginseng Management Program.

Ginseng grows in the woods.

Ginseng grows best in temperate forests. It can also be grown in a stimulated “wild” environment with artificial shade but is not as valuable as the wild grown roots. Ginseng’s biggest pest is the poacher. When starting a ginseng bed, pick a site that can be monitored regularly.

Ginseng doesn't like to be crowded while growing.

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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