Asian Ginseng Root (Ren Shen - 人參)
June 18, 2021
Pharmaceutical Latin name of Asian Ginseng Root is Radix Ginseng.
Asian Ginseng Root, also known as Panax Ginseng is a species of plant whose root is the original source of ginseng. It is a perennial plant that grows in the mountains of East Asia.
It is a protected plant in Russia and China, and most commercial ginseng is now sourced from plants cultivated in China, Korea and Russia. It is also cultivated in some areas of Japan. The plant is a slow-growing perennial and the roots are usually harvested when the plants are five or six years old
Based on TCM, the action of Asian Ginseng Root are tonifies spleen and stomach qi, tonifies lung qi, generates body fluids and stops thirst, tonifies heart qi and calms the spirit, also treats impotence.
Some indications that can be treat by this herb with specific dosage and formulation are extreme collapse of qi or abandoned conditions that manifest in shallow breathing, shortness of breath, cold limbs, profuse sweating and an almost imperceptible pulse, lethargy, anorexia, chest and abdominal distention, chronic diarrhea and, in severe cases, prolapse of the stomach, uterus or rectum, wasting and thirsting disorder and high fevers with profuse sweating.
Pharmacological effect of Asian Ginseng Root are cognitive, endocrinological, immunostimulant, hypoglycemic, antihyperlipidemic, hepatoprotective, reproductive and central nervous system.
Note: this is just an information regarding Asian Ginseng Root. For the usage and dosage for the specific health issue, please consult with the herbalist or your health care provider.
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