Ginseng- Asian

Latin:  Panax ginseng

Family:  Araliaceae

Parts Used:  roots

Taste/Energetics:  Warming, sweet, slightly bitter

Properties:  Tonic, adaptogen, stimulant, libido enhancement

Actions: This root has long been considered the supreme Chinese tonic for restoring vitality and improving libido, mostly for men.  Panax is associated with the word panacea, and this herb has long been considered helpful for restoring vitality and strength and in turn relieving many common health complaints.  Ginseng is deeply restorative and nourishing for those who feel depleted, depressed, washed out, tired and overwhelmed by stress.

This type of ginseng is fairly stimulating and I avoid encouraging it for people who have heat signs,  It is better for the pale, deficient type who is deeply fatigued, anxious, lacks libido, runs cold and is in need of some deep restoration.  Though traditionally offered to men, I believe it can be a good adjunctive herb for women with these symptoms as well.

Dosage:  Like American Ginseng, you often buy ginseng in large root form. Generally I will decoct a nice root (about 5-10 grams) for 20 minutes in a pint of water until it is soft and then try and cut it into slices so more surface area is available.  Then I will place the slices back in the water and decoct it for another 20-30 minutes.   As powder 1-2 grams per day.  As tincture  1-3 ml to 2x/day.

Contraindications:  This is an herb to be avoided for those who appear hot with high blood pressure, inflammation, have a fever or during pregnancy