Friday, May 9, 2008

The American Ginseng

American Ginseng Facts
American Ginseng is a hardy perennial plant that grows 1 - 1 1/2 feet tall, with small yellow or pink flowers and bright red berries. The root of this herb is used medicinally. It is grown mainly in the midwestern U.S., and it is exported to China and the Orient, where it is highly valued.

How American Ginseng Works
American Ginseng has been used for a wide range of things, from vomiting and nausea, to love potions for its stimulating, aphrodisiac effects. It has been recommended for at least 2000 years as a life-extender tonic and a cure-all for a multitude of ills. American Ginseng is an adaptogen that protects againt stress, both physical and mental, assisting the body functions to return to normal more quickly. It's antiinflammatory properties are important in the treatment of arthritis.

Possible Benefits

Enhances physical and mental vigor
Aids against depression caused by exhaustion and stress
May help increase longevity
Normalizes body functions
Antiinflammatory in treatment of arthritis
Works as a mild stimulant
Helps reduce cholesterol
May lower blood sugar levels and help with diabetes
Appetite and digestive stimulant
Inhibits growth of tumors
Relieves nausea
Helpful for coughs and chest disorders

Usage Guidelines
No known toxicity or side effects in low dosages.