Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is used it to improve cognitive health, concentration, and physical endurance. The two most popular versions of ginseng are American Ginseng and Asian Ginseng. Here are the differences:
- Asian Ginseng: Panax ginseng, also known as red ginseng and Korean ginseng, is the classic and original that has been renown for thousands of years. It’s mostly used for those who are struggling with low qi (energy), coldness and a yang deficiency (clamminess of skin).
- American Ginseng: Panax quinquefolius grows throughout the northern regions of North America, including New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. It has been shown to fight depression, balance blood sugar, support digestive distress caused by anxiety, improve focus and boost the immune system. In comparison, the American variety is more mild than the Asian type but still very therapeutic and usually used to treat yin deficiency instead of yang deficiency.
Improves Brain Function
Ginseng stimulates brain cells and improves concentration and cognitive activities. Evidence shows that taking Panax ginseng root daily for 12 weeks can improve mental performance in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Enhancing Immune Boosting Cells
Another well-researched ginseng benefit is its ability to boost the immune system — helping the body fight off infection and disease. The stems and leaves have been used for maintaining homeostasis and enhancing resistance to multiple ailments.
American ginseng also improves the performance of cells that play a role in immunity. It regulates each type of immune cell, including macrophages, natural killer cells, dendritic cells, T cells and B cells.
Relieve Menopause Symptoms
Managing symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, weight gain, insomnia and thinning hair, tend to accompany menopause. Studies have shown that ginseng can help decrease the harshness and occurrence of these symptoms as part of a natural menopause treatment plan.