Ginseng is the common name for perennial plants from the Panax genus, with fleshy roots and more than 11 different species that belong to the Araliaceae family. Ginseng has been a praised herb for more than 5000 years in Asian medicine and was especially valuable during the Qing Dynasty period in ancient China. The name ginseng derives from the Chinese word rénshēn which translates into ‘root of man’.
All ginseng types have numerous health benefits that improve your overall health, physical and sexual performance, helps your body adapt to metabolic stress, improves memory, fight inflammation and free radical damage, protect from cancer and many other properties. Its most wide use is to increase stress resistance, as well as lower the risk of many different types of cancer.
Ginseng roots are nowadays mostly consumed orally as aphrodisiacs, adaptogens, nutritive stimulants and for sexual dysfunction and type 2 diabetes.
Ginseng and its aphrodisiac properties
Ginseng roots have an aphrodisiac effect and according to studies it can effectively remove the mental and physical blockages with regards to sexual intercourse as well as increase your libido. This amazing herb can also be used in the treatment of numerous sexual disorders including infertility, frigidity and low libido.
Types of ginseng
Ginseng is usually cultivated in the northern parts of eastern Asia, mainly eastern Siberia, Korea and northern China.
Korean Ginseng ( Panax ginseng )
Korean ginseng is the most popular type of ginseng and is used in the treatment of stress, anxiety and fatigue. It can increase your resistance to trauma and sexual desire. This type of ginseng is abundant in phytohormones beneficial for male and female problems. It protects women from breast cancer while in men it boosts testosterone production.
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American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
This type of ginseng is widely used by the Native Americans for vomiting and nausea as well as a powerful love potion. It acts as a powerful aphrodisiac and has stimulant properties.
Brazilian Ginseng ( Pfaffia paniculata )
Brazilian ginseng was used by the indigenous tribes of the Amazon for centuries in the treatment of various diseases, for improving their immune system, hormonal balance and promote self-healing. It can significantly help with chronic fatigue as it has potent energy-boosting properties.
Female Ginseng ( Angelica Sinensis )
This type of ginseng is widely used in China, Korea and Japan especially by women thanks to its hormone balancing property. Chinese women commonly use this ginseng as a daily skin toner and it’s among the most popular and widely used herbs in all of China.
Indian Ginseng ( Withania somnifera )
Indian ginseng has neuroprotective effects on the body and can improve your cognitive performance. It also has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Siberian Ginseng ( Eleutherococcus senticosus )
This type of ginseng is beneficial for reducing metabolic stress in the body. It can act as a cellular regulator and boost your energy levels during physical activities. Thanks to its performance enhancing properties many athletes use it on a regular basis.
Side-effects and contraindications
Ginseng is generally safe but in some rare cases can cause some adverse effects like nausea, cardiac arrhythmia, insomnia and hyperactivity. In some women it can lead to sinuses swelling and vaginal bleeding.
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