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the Ginsengs

Book Review   by:analis     Original Author: Sara Sezun
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The Ginsengs

Ginseng is an effective tonic herb that improves your mental and physical well-being and strengthens your resistance to stress. There are 3 types of ginseng available, all 3 can be stimulating, so take them early in the day to avoid losing sleep. Experts advised was to take them on a cycle of two weeks on, two weeks off.

Asian Ginseng (Chinese or korean ginseng or panax ginseng)
Description: the most powerful of the three ginsengs, panax comes in two forms – red, which has been steamed and dried, and white, which is just the dried root. Red is considered more potent.

Who should use it: people over age 45 because its most stimulating form, according to Chinese herbalists.

Who should avoid it: pregnant women, people with hypertension, and anyone prone to insomnia. Use a different form of ginseng if you’re under age 45.

American Ginseng (panax quinquefolius)
Description: it grows in north America and is milder than Asian ginseng.

Who should use it: traditional Chinese herbalists say its safe for adults of all ages. It helps restore your vitality if physical or emotional stress has drained your energy reserves.

Who should avoid it: pregnant women, naturally anxious, or prone to insomnia.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcues senticosis)
Description: less expensive herb compared to asian and American herbs, but experts believe that its function similar of the two. Its milder than other forms of ginseng and can be taken in long term.

Who should use it: Siberian ginseng is safe for most people. Its helpful for bolstering your resistance to stress, improving athletic performance and overcoming jet lag.

Who should avoid it: if you have high blood pressure, talk to your health care practitioner before using Siberian ginseng.
Published: June 28, 2007   
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