Korean Panax Ginseng: Root of Life (Top 8 Benefits)

Korean ginseng root (Panax ginseng) originated in North Korea, is a member of the Araliaceae family of herbs and has been used for over 4,000 years. It is called ‘the root of life’ because of its energizing properties. In ancient times, “red ginseng” was considered as a panacea or a cure for all types of ailments.

Korean Panax ginseng has a wide range of benefits that can help protect and fortify the body. In general, it is considered as a stress reducer and energizer. Let’s discuss some more of what this amazing and healthy herb can do for you!

Health Benefits of Korean Panax Ginseng

Simply put, this medicinal herbal root does a lot for the body.

A whole lot!

Panax ginseng has been traditionally used as a relief for fatigue and stress. When the herb is used as a tonic, it can invigorate the person drinking it both physically and mentally.

Korean ginseng root is classified as an adaptogen, or a substance that helps increase resistance to various types of stress, whether physical or mental, and invigorates the user in a way that is non-specific.

It contains the chemical compound ginsenosides which is proven to beneficially modulate several systems in the body and is a wonderful anti-inflammatory.

Uses of Korean Panax Ginseng

  1. to enhance focus and mental concentration
  2. to improve the functions of the body’s natural immune system
  3. to help stimulate and strengthen the central nervous system
  4. to help manage and control diabetes by lowering the blood sugar levels
  5. to treat impotence in men and prevent or reverse erectile dysfunction (ED)
  6. to reduce fatigue and stress, treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue syndrome
  7. to treat low blood pressure and hypotension
  8. anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties

Daily intake can make the body healthier as ginseng balances all body systems. To be effective, however, the root must at least be 6 years old. The older the root gets, the better it is for the user’s health. This is why the price of the root depends on its age.  Older, high-potency roots cost more by the ounce.

Korean ginseng, in particular, is known to reduce stress, lower cholesterol, treat diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels, sharpen the memory, boost energy, burn fat, relieve fatigue, and ease depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Panax ginseng is also known to help in the prevention of cancer and arthritis.

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As an immune system booster, the herb helps prevent diseases caused by bacteria and viruses.  When taken at the onset of common colds, the severity and duration of the condition is considerably reduced. Ginseng likewise prevents constriction of the airways and helps relax the lungs. It is thus a good all-natural holistic remedy for asthma and other similar lung disorders.

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For students, taking ginseng while studying or reviewing for a test helps improve memory and concentration. It makes learning new topics an easier task. Panax ginseng is quickly gaining growing acceptance among the herbal nootropics community for its effectiveness as a classic cognitive enhancer.

Panax ginseng has, for many years, been used to increase sperm count and boost male fertility by activating specific body hormones. While many men who suffer from erectile dysfunction claim Korean red ginseng has done wonders for not only their erections but their libido, more clinical trials and studies are needed.

Blood circulation is improved and recovery time from various illnesses is shortened.

The red ginseng herb is also very popular among the elderly as it is believed to help prevent senility and other neurodegenerative diseases. Its energizing and strengthening effects are also crucial in keeping the body active and strong even in the more advanced stages of life.

How long does it take to feel the effects of ginseng?

Pretty quick! Of course it depends on how much you take, in what form you take it and how exactly you’re hoping to benefit from the ginseng root. Many report feeling large doses within hours and noticeable effects in 24-48 hours. Using it as a daily tonic herb will certainly lead to sustained health benefits.

How much of a dose of ginseng should you take in a day?

If you’re eating the raw herb root, you can safely eat 2 g and if you carefully test its effects on yourself, even more! If you’re taking an extract powder like the one pictured, take a 200 mg dose of Panax Ginseng Root Extract 1-3 times daily. The product from Nootropics Depot is Panax Ginseng Root Extract Powder tested to contain 7-10% ginsenosides, the most beneficial compound in ginseng.

What are the risks, contraindications and side effects of Korean Panax ginseng?

This is a generally safe herb. However, when take orally for more than six months it strays into possibly unsafe territory since it may have unwanted effects on hormonal balance.

The most common side effect is insomnia due to its energizing effects.

Please reference this study for more on the contraindications and adverse drug interactions of korean red ginseng.

When should I take ginseng? Morning or night?

I take the 200 mg capsules from Nootropics Depot three times daily; first thing in the morning, mid-morning and noon. Always take it with food.

panax ginsengPanax ginseng is a type of medicinal herb that is much sought-after primarily for its roots. For centuries, ginseng has been used to remedy a wide variety of ailments. The peeled root can be ingested dried or fresh, taken as a fluid extract, or consumed in a tincture.

According to medical researchers, ginseng offers many benefits to the body. The ginseng root, for one, has anti-inflammatory properties that help regulate blood sugar levels, support the immune system, and fight cancer cells.

Benefits and Uses of Panax Gineng

Improves the Immune System

Many clinical studies, including the one conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, have concluded that ginseng improves cell functions linked to enhancing the immune system, enabling the body to fight or resist infections and diseases.

Taking ginseng is good for common colds and flu; this is based on two studies done by the same educational institution. Subjects who took supplements that contain panax ginseng for 4 months had fewer incidents of colds, and experienced cold symptoms in shorter duration than participants who were given placebo. By increasing the white blood cell count in the body, ginseng is able to stimulate the natural immune system.

Lowers Blood Sugar

People with Type 2 diabetes can benefit a lot from this herb because of its ability to lower blood sugar levels. Based on another UMMC study, diabetics who were made to take ginseng with, or prior to ingesting, a heavily sweetened drink, experienced a smaller increase in the level of their blood sugar.

Likewise, other studies have shown that the herb can improve carbohydrate tolerance among diabetics. In some cases, some of the blood sugar levels measured were 32 to 51% lower after taking 3g of ginseng with alcohol. A Wilkes University study, on the other hand, showed remarkable benefits for Type 2 diabetics who take ginseng alongside insulin.

Inhibits Growth of Cancerous Tumors

Ginseng has anti-cancer qualities that help prevent tumor development as shown in myriads of medical studies.

One clinical study by the UMMC showed the herb’s excellent effects on cancer, specifically on colorectal cancer cells. The ginsenosides in ginseng can work against certain types of cancer, gastric cancer in particular, stopping the growth of tumor cells.

The ginsenoside Rg1 showed estrogen-like effects when exposed to breast cancer cells, the growth of which was stopped. Based on a MedicinePlus report, there are studies done in China that point out the potential benefits of ginseng for breast cancer patients.  However, more research is necessary to corroborate these findings.

Neurological Benefits

Panax ginseng provides a lot of neurological benefits. These include helping in the treatment of ADHD, cognitive disorders, and mental and emotional stress. According to a UMMC study, taking ginseng alongside ginkgo biloba is helpful in ADHD treatment. Likewise, Wilkes University notes that taking ginseng helps improve cognitive functions and memory in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Korean Red Ginseng also helps in the modulation of the brain’s cerebroelectrical activity. As shown in tests done on animals, prolonged use of ginseng can help relieve fatigue and stress. Learning ability is improved as well.

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4 thoughts on “Korean Panax Ginseng: Root of Life (Top 8 Benefits)

  1. This fall I bought a half pound of fresh American ginseng from Harding’s Ginseng in Maryland, and the quality was excellent. The roots were a minimum of 8 years old, started from wild seed and grown “wild simulated”, which means woodsgrown, but in undisturbed forest soil, not in cultivated beds. When the roots have to “work harder”, competing with other roots, stones, and the like, they grow stronger (kind of like when people have to work harder).

    As far as the “man’s herb”/”woman’s herb” thing goes, I find that such labels are both simplifying & misleading, and very often the result of trying to market herbs to specific genders.

    Dong Quai is marketed as “Women’s Ginseng” to supply name recognition for consumers (who say, “Oh, I read how good this is for women in ____________”). Knowing that something is a woman’s herb tells you very, very little about what the plant does, and definitely doesn’t provide a sound basis for using it. Again, this is a result of herbal product companies supplying generic information for marketing purposes to stimulate sales. Most of these companies are run by supplement companies, not by herbalists, and for them, our beloved plants are just a commodity to sell & profit from.

    While an emmenogogue certainly won’t stimulate uterine contractions in men, many women’s herbs are quite useful in treating both genders, if you take the time to learn what the herb does, as opposed to just learning that it’s “good for women” or “good for men”. Using Black Cohosh as an example, it’s estrogenic properties are only a portion of its medicinal virtues, and it can be used to treat dull aches in the loins of both sexes quite effectively. When a man feels tender, sore & achey in the groin, Black Cohosh can be a godsend. Offering a more problematic example, Motherwort is also a “woman’s herb”, and included in many “women’s formulas”, but it may be contraindicated in women with hypothyroid conditions… How many of those women are uing it daily because they’ve heard its a “woman’s herb” and know little else about it? KNOWLEDGE is the key.

    As far as Ginseng goes, it will help to build energy in women or men, though it should be used as an adjunct to other therapies, so as not to simply be a stimulant to make up for a deficient lifestyle. I’m sure others can elaborate much more on its use.

  2. Sorry just getting back to the response to my query about ginseng, but didn’t receive the list for several days, for some reason, and only found

    that it was answered by going to the archives. I since have found information concerning the adverse effects of ginseng, such as not combining with _caffeine_,(tea also has iron, which is not a good combination) also, because it stresses the adrenals, headaches, nervousness, inflammatory conditions and bronchitis, irregular heartbeat, etc. etc………….called the “ginseng abuse syndrome”.

    I would be using it for stress, which would require a tonic, but would be afraid to chance increasing the other problems. On the positive side, the thought that ginseng roots work on the limbic system, the emotional center of the brain, at the center of which is the hypothalamus gland, called the ‘master gland’, because it tells the other glands what to do is encouraging. Because, the hypothalamus can _over-react _to stress.

    Also understand that Siberian ginseng is not a panax, not really a ginseng at all, but an adaptogen/tonic, which would be high in the stress-modifying properties. Is all this applicable to the dried as well as the fresh? Would a ginseng tincture be a good (better, best) medium for stress? I’ve also read of just putting the fresh root in a jar of menstruem, and drinking from that.

    Only concerned about the caffeine aspect, as tea is my only vice. I use the herbal Rooibus tea, which does not contain caffeine, but is quite
    rich and sweet to use solely.

  3. > Also understand that Siberian ginseng is not a panax, not really a ginseng

    > at all, but an adaptogen/tonic, which would be high in the stress-modifying

    > properties.

    I was beginning to wonder when someone would bring up ginseng not being just one kind of plant. Since there are 3, I thought someone would clarify if I was reading about American, Siberian, or Korean, all of which I’ve read have differing uses.

  4. dong quai is nicknamed “ladies ginseng” I have heard of Chinese families making a soup one time a year which is a tonic and promotes good health made from red Ginseng root, dong quai, and astragulus.

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