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Ginseng: properties, benefits and contraindications

Ginseng: properties, benefits and contraindications

Ginseng: properties

Surely you've ever tried or at least heard about Ginseng, although you also may not know all the benefits it offers us. While their properties are many and we will see them now, it is also worth knowing their contraindications. Because before starting any treatment, we must keep in mind two things: Go first to our doctor to advise us and be clear that it is an alternative remedy, and as natural as it may be, it is something complementary to any medical treatment.

Ginseng Properties

To talk about Ginseng it is necessary to resort to its root, which is to which all its innumerable benefits and properties are attributed, some better known or researched than others, and we already know that every popular culture usually has a lot of history.

As a natural remedy it has been tested and investigated for years, with more or less proven facts.

Of all the studies that have been done, it would be somewhat complex to explain each and every one of the final conclusions, however we can list some results in reference to their effectiveness.

Ginseng Applications

  • Increase in mental and physical performance: Yes, this seems to be due to a better concentration, for example in students, by the so-called ginsenosides, it also seems improve our memory (This data is very popular and possibly one of the most popular). As we see, at the psychological level it is not bad, considering that it acts as a restorative of our mental and physical effort. In short, it helps us to be less depleted of mind and body.
  • Delays aging: Well, this is almost everyone's dream. Obviously avoiding aging is not possible, but if it is said that with Ginseng we can manage to prolong the functionality of our body in the case of older people, this due to its effect on the immune system and memory But let's go further, because it also improves our circulatory activity and with it our quality of life. Moreover, it is thought that it could influence reducing the risk of angina pectoris and acting on the loss of our brain neurons. Definitely a natural milestone.
  • Activate the immune system: Several studies have shown its effectiveness in increasing blood lymphocytes thanks to ginsenosides, which is very useful in the elderly and patients with depressed immune capacity. It has also demonstrated its ability to increase the functionality of defenses against toxic agents such as influenza and cold viruses, enhancing the effects of the flu vaccine.
  • Diabetes: millions of people suffering from diabetes, well, in this case, thanks to the hypoglycemic properties of ginsenosides, you can help increase the level of insulin. Some studies affirm and recommend Ginseng as an adjunctive treatment of diabetes.
  • Prevents the formation of gastric ulcers caused by stress: Ginseng extract prevents antigastritic and ulcerative activity by reducing the production of hydrochloric acid in the digestive system.
  • Combat erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Various studies support the use of ginseng to treat both male impotence and premature ejaculation with some success.
  • Cardiovascular system protection: It has been found that ginseng helps reduce blood pressure, as well as the level of our heart rate, thereby preventing thrombus formation due to its anti-platelet activity. It is also important to note its protective function against atherosclerosis.

Ginseng side effects

But as always, we must be attentive to precautions and possible adverse effects of Ginseng, since although it has many benefits and properties we can also find some contraindications, let's see some of them.

If we abuse Ginseng we can suffer ...

  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling bloated
  • Rashes
  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Tachycardias

But that is not all. Ginseng can also lead to reactions of what we know as paradoxical effect, occurring when a drug or compound acts in the opposite way.

It is also important to note that if we are taking antidepressants or anti psychotic should not in any case mix it with Ginseng. This must always be taken into account because the interaction of both compounds can contribute to the reduction of the action of some psychoactive drugs

Well here Ginseng, although as you can imagine it is an even wider world, here you have a small introduction that I hope you liked, and always remember, under the watchful eye of professionals accredited for it.

David Álvarez Social Psychologist & Ecop