Nootropics Review: Asian Ginseng

Asian Ginseng is acknowledged to be one of the many highly regarded herbal meds in Asia. It’s also a nootropic capable of promoting health, prolonged life, and treating a number of ailments that include aging, depression, fatigue, nervousness, ulcers, pulmonary, and among other things [1].

History

The usage of Asian Ginseng dates back for more than 5,000 years. Its genus name, Panax, is a Greek word which means “all healing.” Asian Ginseng also has another meaning, “wonder of the world.” Both of these terms refer to the medical benefits of the nootropic. In recent years, the nootropic has been popular in the Western world along with a comprehensive literature of its advantages [2].

Treatments and Benefits

Asian Ginseng Asian Ginseng is also listed to treat cancer, depression, diabetes, insomnia, insomnia, hypertension, stress, certain long-term illnesses, and effects from cocaine and morphine use. It’s been said to function as a stimulant, enhance endurance, encourage adequate hormone functionality, minimize cholesterol levels, and increased resistance to certain diseases. The nootropic has been utilized to increase energy, appetite, increase fertility, ease childbirth, and adequately regulating menses [3].

Recent research shows the plant capable of functioning as an “adaptogen,” extending lifespan by fighting off viral infections including that of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Current studies continue to support the plant’s protective role against anti-cancer drugs and modern treatment. It’s even said to counter the unpleasant side effects from chemotherapy [3].

Some have thought the nootropic to be particularly valuable in curbing dependence or overuse of psychostimulants or opioids.

The nootropic has been utilized in stimulating and calmed the nervous system. It promotes circulation of the capillaries within the brain and lessens the effects of stress. While there are different types of Ginseng today, none is as potent as the Asian Ginseng in terms of medicinal ingredients and health effects. It features close to 30 ginsenosides compared to its other ginseng relatives, which has an average of 10 [4].

Asian Ginseng features  anti-aging properties that include insulin-like ingredients and anti-oxidants not usually observed in other ginseng types [4].

Ginsenosides

Ginsenosides are a wide group of steroidal saponins capable of targeting a number of tissues, which result to varying pharmacological reactions. But most processes from ginsenoside activity have yet been studied. Since ginsenosides and other ginseng-based constituents offer effects different from each other, with one ginsenoside initiating a number of processes within the same tissue, the total overall pharmacology of ginseng is highly complex [5].

Cognition and Physical Improvements

Ginseng for brainIn a number of studies, a mixture of Asian Ginseng with other ginsengs is believed to enhance memory recall and thinking processes. Previous results from lab studies may indicate that the substances in Asian ginseng enable new growth of blood vessels, which may be valuable in the treatment of extended injuries [6] [7].

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the German Commission E monograph have supported ginseng use as a restoration agent and a prophylactic in improving physical and mental capabilities. Also used for tiredness, exhaustion, weakness, concentration loss, and during convalescence [5].

References:

  1. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/asianginseng/ataglance.htm
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginseng
  3. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/asian-ginseng
  4. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/ginseng
  5. http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginseng-asian.html
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21154383
  7. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007769.pub2/abstract
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