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Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng, American Ginseng, Asian Ginseng, Korean Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng)

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General Description

Ginseng is considered a perennial ground cover. Slow-growing, the ideal plants for cultivation are at least 6 years old. The primary active compounds in ginseng are a group of triterpenoid saponins known as ginsenosides. Korean ginseng contains thirteen known ginsenosides, along with other constituents such as panaxans and polysaccharides. Ginseng is known as an adaptogen, a general tonic to aid in adapting to physical and psychological stressors. It supports cardiovascular and immune health. Also boosts mental performance and helps fight stress.

Health Applications

  • Stress Relief
  • Cardiovascular Support
  • Immune Support

Dosage/Toxicity

For American ginseng, 1-3 grams per day in capsule or tablet form or 3-5 milliliters for tincture per day are recommended. For Asian ginseng (Korean ginseng, Chinese ginseng), 200-500 milligrams of standardized extract are common. Non-standardized extracts are recommended at 1-4 grams for tablets or 2-3 milliliters for dried root tincture.