Imagine having the vitality of someone in their 20s or 30s. Imagine having rock-steady energy all day—without feeling the jittery effects of caffeine. And now imagine that after years of lying dormant like a volcano, your libido explodes to life. Finally, think what it would be like to live life with emotional and mental stability day in and day out, despite the chaos of the world around you. For thousands of years, people in Asia have used ginseng—specifically, the root of Panax ginseng, one of 11 ginseng species grown throughout the world—to feel exceptional.
What Does Ginseng Do in Chinese Medicine?
Does ginseng’s legendary status as the king of all herbs live up to its name? That answer, of course, is subjective; it depends on each user’s experience taking the herb.
From a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective, ginseng, or Ren Shen falls in the category of herbs that tonifies Qi. If you’re feeling sluggish day after day, you have Qi deficiency. Qi is the universal life force. It’s the primordial energy of the cosmos and everything under the stars, including your organs and tissues. Taking ginseng, then, may help tonify, or strengthen your Qi, providing you with a jolt of energy, without relying on caffeine.
Taking ginseng may help tonify, or strengthen your Qi, providing you with a jolt of energy, without relying on caffeine.
In TCM applications, ginseng is given to those who have shortness of breath, constantly feel cold, and Blood deficiency. (Qi moves the Blood, so if one is deficient in Qi, they will also likely have Blood deficiency or stagnation.)
Ginseng especially tonifies the Qi of the Lung and Spleen. What does this mean in practical terms? If you feel totally depleted and winded after exercise, even after a not too particularly grueling workout, ginseng may help improve Lung function.
And if you have poor appetite and digestion, from a TCM perspective, ginseng works by harmonizing and strengthening Qi function in the Spleen, which is the main organ in TCM for transforming nutrients from food into Qi and Blood.
In addition, ginseng is also said to calm the spirit. That means that if you’re experiencing anxiousness or restlessness, taking ginseng on a regular basis may help.
Does Research Support Ginseng’s Ancient Uses?
There are in fact research studies that suggest ginseng offers health benefits. Much attention in research has been focused on the herb’s active constituents known as ginsenosides.
Ginsenosides have been shown to protect against oxidative stress in the tissues and blood vessels. The compounds also may help improve blood circulation by raising the level of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide (NO) is a gas in every one of your 37 trillion cells. NO helps blood vessels relax, which allows for improved blood flow into all parts of the body, including sex organs.
One reason many people have Qi deficiency is because of wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels. Ginsenosides have been shown to support normal glucose metabolism. And having healthy blood sugar levels leads to a healthier immune system, which is another reason why ginseng is such a popular herb.
Ginseng For Immune Support
Even in the US, for decades, ginseng’s most marketable benefit has been its role in supporting a healthy immune system. One research study says “ginseng has been well known as an immune modulator … [and] through numerous experiments, it was confirmed that ginseng extract enhanced phagocytic activity of macrophages.”
Phagocytes are immune cells that gobble up harmful bacteria. And in stimulating the activity of phagocytes, ginseng increases nitric oxide activity. If you’ll recall from above, nitric oxide improves circulation in the micro vessels. But NO also plays a role in immune function. While blood cells produce NO in order to destroy pathogens that have been ingested by phagocytes.
What’s The Difference Between Asian and American Ginseng?
The main difference is that Panax, or Asian ginseng tonifies Yang energy, which has a more warming, energetic effect. American ginseng (P. quinquefolius) is more cooling in nature and has a more calming effect.
Feeling Weak & Tired? Try Instant Hot Ginseng Extract Tea
Acupuncturists and Chinese medicine physicians assess Yin/Yang balance by examining the pulse patterns of the heart. If somebody presents with a very weak pulse, a formula with Ren Shen, or the herb itself, may be recommended to restore vitality.
One easy way to consume this legendary herb on a regular basis is by making an instant herbal tea. One bottle of ActiveHerb Ren Shen extract granules contains 100 servings (approximately 3 months worth). The bottle comes with a measuring gram spoon. Simply add one gram of Ren Shen to hot water and stir. Use up to three times daily.
What ActiveHerb Customers Are Saying About Ren Shen (Ginseng)
Miracle in the little bottle!
I take it every day in the morning (1 spoon dose). After 2-3 weeks I noticed a significant difference in my health. I became more energetic, my mood swings are gone now, I sleep better at night. My nails and hair became stronger, my skin less oily. I am very happy with this product, and what is very important, no side effects!
— Olga, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Energy tonic that warms you up
Ginseng is a famous energy tonic, included in many TCM formulas. And boy it works. In particular, winter chill and cold feet are not felt as hard. I am hoping it keeps helping.
—HYY, Oklahoma City, OK
The quality of this product surpassed my expectations! Really high quality ren shen and a little goes a long way. I can feel the strength of this product as it gives me a boost of energy without jitters. Can’t wait to get more.
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