Studies and Research
David Kiefer, M.D. and Traci Pantuso, B.S. at the
University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson
and published in 2003 by the American
Academy of Family Physicians,
ginsenosides from Panax Ginseng . . . have been
shown to have a variety of beneficial effects,
including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and
anticancer effects. Results of clinical research
studies demonstrate that Panax ginseng may improve
psychological function, immune function, and
conditions associated with diabetes.
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Using Ginseng to Control Blood Sugars
Ginseng may help control blood sugars in people with
type 2, say researchers at the University of Toronto
in Ontario, Canada. In a study of 30 people whose
diabetes was well-controlled either with pills or
diet, half the participants took three grams of
American ginseng and seven grams of Konjac mannan
fiber (a sticky form of fiber) each day for 12 weeks.
The other 15 participants took a placebo (dummy
treatments) for 12 weeks. The placebo consisted of
cornstarch for the ginseng and bran fiber for the
Konjac mannan fiber.
weeks, researchers measured the participants' A1Cs.
Then the groups switched treatments for 12 more
weeks. The original placebo group took ginseng and
Konjac mannan fiber, and vice versa.
At the end
of the study, the researchers found that treatment
with ginseng and Konjac mannan fiber lowered the
participants' A1Cs from 7 percent to 6.5 percent.
Those taking placebo lowered their A1Cs to 6.8
Ginseng Research - Revealed to
that ginseng does help facilitate metabolic
equilibrium. Russian research shows that ginseng
stimulates physical and mental activities in tired
and weak individuals and aids in balancing. The herb
was found by the researchers to strengthen and
protect the human organism when under prolonged
strain. They learned that ginseng works to stimulate
and improve the working of the brain with its
oxygenation properties. All this without the harsh
side-effects of a stimulant such as caffeine. Ginseng
was also found to increase energy and physical
endurance by the Russian team of scientists. They
said that it stimulates the functioning of the
endocrine glands and promotes the bodys
reproductive organs more vigor.
Medicine - Ginseng Research
there has been a great deal of research done in Asia
on ginseng and its many components. Quality research
teams in China, Japan and Korea suggests that ginseng
reduces fatigue and increases stamina. They have
found that ginseng helps the formation of red blood
cells and helps to eliminate anemia. Like the
Russians, they learned about mental improvement but
they also believe that ginseng helps prevent
neuroses, increases the secretion of body fluids and
helps prevent diabetes. They say it normalizes
pulmonary functions, prevents coughs, tuberculosis
and asthma. Ginseng properties were studied to
conclude that the root strengthens the
gastrointestinal system, helps facilitate liver
regeneration, detoxifies poisons, enhances blood
alcohol clearance, reduces the effect of alcohol
intoxication and even helps eliminate hangovers!
researchers are investigating claims that ginseng can
help adjust blood pressure, reduce blood sugar and
may be advantageous in the treatment of cancers,
tuberculosis, diarrhea, kidney degeneration,
rheumatism, shock and depression. A measure of the
active ingredient in ginseng is called ginsenoside.
hey can effect various enzyme systems at locations in
the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, adrenal gland and
immune system. Research shows that ginsenosides
causes certain effects. Studies have shown that
specific ginsenosides can stimulate the brain, sedate
the central nervous system, balance certain metabolic
processes, decrease blood sugar, improve muscle tone,
stimulate the endocrine system and help balance
hormone levels. Research also suggests ginsenosides
may be anti-tumor and anti-viral.
ginseng is not a drug or a stimulant, many who use
it, agree that if taken for a period of time, ginseng
will increase feelings of well being, relieve fatigue
and weak conditions and strengthen body functions.
Further reputable studies in Japan and the United
States have shown that ginseng stimulates every
conceivable aspect of protein and nucleic acid
metabolism and may help to maintain or facilitate the
capacity of cells to tolerate anaerobic oxidation.
Better put, ginseng may help reduce cell damage,
thus, helping to counteract age-related changes.
Your Peak - Restore Vitality
ginseng is classified as a kingly herb, a mild herb
with no harmful side-effects, that helps the body
maintain peak health. Many Asians view ginseng as a
regenerative elixir that, if taken over a period of
time, can not only increase health and vitality but
can also prolong life. It is believed that ginseng
makes the body more resistant to disease, prevents
decline in potency in older men, restores virility,
increase general vitality and can negate some effects
of stress. It is said to give the sick more strength,
energy and stamina. Most evidence of ginseng's
effectiveness is more suggestive than conclusive and
you should always consult a physicians medical
treatment for ailments as recommended by the FDA.
Us Feel Better - How does it
Ginseng is considered to be an adaptogen. An
adaptogen is a substance that has the ability to
bring the body back into a healthy, balanced state.
Ginseng is seen as having both soothing and
revitalizing adaptogenic properties. Ginseng seems to
be able to increase the body's ability to adapt and
adjust. It is believed that the active ingredients in
ginseng can harmonize body functions and are only
used as needed, even if taken regularly.
Herb - Its Whats
Inside That Works
contains a complex mixture of carbohydrate compounds,
nitrogenous compounds, fat soluble compounds,
vitamins and minerals. In the 1960's specific complex
carbohydrate compounds called ginsenosides were
identified and tagged as significant active
ingredients. Up to 29 different ginsenosides have
been identified to date. These compounds have
chemical structures similar to human hormones and it
is believed that they may work similarly.
and Easy - Enjoy the Benefits!
Ginseng is a
mild herb and is considered to be extremely safe.
Negative side-effects are virtually nonexistent. It
is not a stimulant and does not cause feelings of
over excitement, agitation or insomnia, when taken
responsibly. However, it has been reported that large
doses of ginseng can cause nausea, high blood
pressure, sleeplessness, restlessness and sexual
arousal. The recommended daily dose is small and
large doses of ginseng are not recommended or
dose of ginseng is one or two grams a day. That is
two to four 500 mg capsules or tablets. One gram of
high quality ginseng is usually just about right for
the average adult, male or female. Chinese herbalists
believe that maximum benefits from ginseng use can
only be realized by taking ginseng for several
months. It is recommended that first-time users take
small amounts of ginseng daily for two to three
months before evaluating the effects.
question that is often asked is, Is ginseng
addictive?. A review of related literature says
'no'. Ginseng is believed to be safe for long term
use. People have taken ginseng for 10, 20, even 30
years with no known adverse effects. Many ginseng
users have found that once maximum health benefits
have been reached and vitality restored, they can
taper-off on their ginseng consumption, taking it
just a few times a week or even skipping whole weeks!
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