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GinsengThe word ginseng is derived from a Chinese term ‘jen-shen’, which means image of a man and it refers to various species of genus Panax. Ginseng is a slow growing plant and its roots are used in Chinese medicine since ages. Two species of ginseng are used commonly Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (P. quinquefolius) that are harvested from both wild and cultivated. Siberian ginseng should not be considered similar to Panax ginseng as it lacks the active component ginsenosides which is believed to be responsible for the herbs medical value and studied scientifically.
Health and ginseng
Side effects of ginsengGinseng when taken in recommended doses is well tolerated in most individuals. However long term use may cause itching, skin rash, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of appetite, headache, fever, excitability, anxiety, chest pain, blood pressure abnormalities, difficult menstruation, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting and leg swelling.
As ginseng can lower blood glucose levels, it should be used with caution for patients with diabetes, hypoglycemia or on medications/herbal supplements for the same.
Patients with bleeding disorders or on medication for blood clotting should also use ginseng with caution as it may reduce the effectiveness of some blood thinning medications.
Ginseng use is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation. Ginseng can cause loss of menstrual period, breast tenderness, breast enlargement (reported in men), vaginal bleeding after menopause, difficulty in maintaining an erection and increased sexual responsiveness.
Before starting ginseng in any form, it is advisable to do so in recommended doses and under the guidance of a health care professional.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|