American ginseng (Panax quinquefolis) is an herb that grows mainly in North America. Wild American ginseng is in such high demand that it has been declared a threatened or endangered species in some states in the United States.
People take American ginseng by mouth for stress, to boost the immune system, and as a stimulant.
American ginseng is often used to fight infections such as colds and flu. There is some evidence that it might help prevent colds and flu and make symptoms milder when infections do occur.
American ginseng is used for other infections including HIV/AIDS, infections of the intestine (dysentery), and particular infections (Pseudomonas infections) that are common in people with cystic fibrosis.
Some people use American ginseng to improve digestion and for loss of appetite, as well as for vomiting, inflammation of the colon (colitis), and inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis).
American ginseng is also used for low iron in the blood (anemia), diabetes, insulin resistance related to HIV treatments, cancer-related fatigue, high blood pressure,trouble sleeping (insomnia), nerve pain, erectile dysfunction (ED), fever, hangoversymptoms, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blood and bleeding disorders, breast cancer, dizziness, headaches, convulsions, fibromyalgia, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), memory loss, rheumatoid arthritis,schizophrenia, improving athletic performance, improving mental performance, as an anti-aging aid, menopausal symptoms, complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and for nervous exhaustion (neurasthenia).
You may also see American ginseng listed as an ingredient in some soft drinks. Oils and extracts made from American ginseng are used in soaps and cosmetics.
Don’t confuse American ginseng with Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). They have different medicinal effects.
How does it work?
American ginseng contains chemicals called ginsenosides that seem to affect insulin levels in the body and lower blood sugar. Other chemicals, called polysaccharides, might affect the immune system.
Modern pharmacological actions
1) Anti-fatigue effect. Intraperitoneal injection of 60mg/kg panaquilon can extend the swimming time of mice;
2) Antidiuretic effect. Intraperitoneal injection of 60mg/kg panaquilon has anti-diuretic effect on rat;
3) Anti-anoxia ability. Intraperitoneal injection of 60mg/kg panaquilon can extend anoxic survival time of mice;
4) Anticonvulsant effect. Intraperitoneal injection of 60mg/kg panaquilon can reduce the mortality caused by pentylenetetrazol-induced convulsions and strychnine-induced seizures;
5) Others. Intragastric administration with American ginseng water extract (2g/ml) 0.5ml/each can promote blood clotting in the experiment of collecting blood by cutting the tail tip of each mouse. Intragastric administration with 60mg/kg panaquilon can reduce plasma ratio viscosity and increase erythrocyte membrane fluidity in experimental rat with blood stasis syndrome. The total saponins of American ginseng can inhibit collagen-induced platelet aggregation om rats, and IC50 is 1.012mg/ml.
American ginseng root nourishes Yin, tonifies Qi, calms spirit, improves brain power, removes heat to promote salivation, and relieves summer heat and pathogenic fire. As the old saying goes: “Thanks for the cool but tonic medicinal properties, American ginseng is the ideal alternative to panax ginseng when people need it but can’t afford its warm nature.” That’s to say, what makes American ginseng so special lies in its tonic nature that won’t easily cause dryness.
1) Strengthen cardiac muscle and enhance the activity of the heart;
2) Build strong central nervous system, calm mind, recover from fatigue, alleviate a hangover, enhance memory, and treat Alzheimer’s disease;
3) Modulate blood pressure and lead to a temporary or permanent fall of blood pressure;
4) Inhibit atherosclerosis and promote the growth of red blood cells to increase hemoglobin levels;
5) Regulate the secretion of insulin and therefore treat diabetes;
6) Regulate the secretion of adrenaline and enhance metabolism;
7) Increase strength and benefit athletes;
8) Inhibit the growth of cancer cell and increase immune function;
9) Help digest food and thus improve chronic gastritis and stomach weakness.
American ginseng side effects and contraindications
1) Don’t drink strong tea while taking this herb because tea contains large amounts of tannic acid, which will destroy the active ingredients. If you are addicted to tea, you’d better resume your habit 2 to 3 days after American ginseng has been consumed. It is best not to drink coffee either since coffee has some impact to its effect;
2) Don’t take it along with radish. Ginseng tonifies Qi while radish drains Qi. That’s to say, these two types of foods are contradictory from a nutritional point of view. Moreover, they are of mutual restriction. If taken together, they will easily result in an allergic reaction or poisoning. From the pharmacology of traditional Chinese medicine, radish shouldn’t be eaten with many tonics. As a matter of fact, eating radish will also greatly aggravate the condition, e.g. a cold or blisters.
3) Be wary of adverse reactions. After taking it, some individuals may suffer from chills, decreased body temperature, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain and diarrhea. In some others, the symptoms include dysmenorrhea and delayed menstruation. Besides, to some it may cause an allergic reaction, which manifests sporadic, unequal-sized, and itching blisters on extremities. But blisters can be self-absorbed and then disappear after American ginseng has been stopped.
4) Chinese medicine thinks that this is a cold-natured herb, which should be used for boosting Qi and nourishing Yin. If your body suffers from heat syndromes, such as dry mouth, irritability, hot palm, red face, and chronic fatigue, the use of it makes sense and will nurse your body. On the contrary, if you have symptoms such as coughing up sputum, excessive saliva, or edema, don’t try to take it or it will make the condition worse. In addition, tonics are created to tonify deficiency. If your body is healthy enough, taking tonics could backfire. So, don’t take it when you feel good about yourself.
5) It is not good for eczema. So, take the seasonality into account when you are planning to take it. Since spring and summer is relatively dry, American ginseng root is a better choice. Apparently, Panax Ginseng or red ginseng is more suitable to be taken in autumn and winter.
May be chewed, steeped in tea, or boiled in preparation for a soup or other dish. Since Ginseng can be very strong start with smaller portions and work your way upward. Best taken in morning hours since Ginseng may interrupt sleep.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.
*Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of specific results and results may vary.