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Korean Ginseng, Panax ginseng
Parts used: Root; Red Ginseng is steamed before drying.
Constituents: Dammarane saponins or saponin glycosides; Ginsenosides and other saponins, glycans and essential oils.
Actions: Adaptogen, Thymoleptic, Stimulant, Tonic, Hypoglycaemic, Immunostimulant, Hepatoprotective, Cardioprotective, Antiarrhythmic, Anti-tumour.
Indications:
Short-term; tiredness or stress or where increased mental or physical performance is required, ↑vital energy.
Memory; ↑levels of amines in the brain, ↓serotonin.
To aid recovery from disease or surgery. To minimize the side effects of chemo-therapy or radiation. Sparing action on adrenals.
Long-term; elderly and infirm as a tonic, ↑longevity.
Infections, organ prolapse, cold limbs, asthma, dyspnea.
Menopause, impotence and poor sperm function.
Angina, heart attacks, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, palpitations, prostration, Anti-inflammatory due to its effect on endogenous glucocorticoids (combine with Licorice).
May be useful for diabetes, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, mental disorders, asthma and cancer.
Herbal extract: 5-15mL per week.
Energetics: Sweet, slightly bitter and warm.
Adverse Effects: Higher doses can overstimulate and aggravate insomnia, irritability, hypertension and cause tremor, euphoria, headaches, palpitation, decreased sexual function, morning diarrhoea, skin eruptions and menstrual abnormalities. Use only for 2 weeks, continue with Siberian ginseng.
Contraindications: Acute asthma, hypertension, acute infections (↑cortisol), oedema and pregnancy.