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Adding Ginseng for Clarity and Calming

Dec 31, 2016 09:44PM
by Laina Poulakos
Ginseng is one of the most commonly used herbal supplements in the United States. It is known for its powerful energy boosting properties as well as its ability to help one handle mental and physical stress. There are actually three types of ginseng that are commonly used.

American ginseng, also known as panax ginseng, is beneficial for its calming and cooling effect on the body by helping to handle stress, both physical and mental. American ginseng is also good at boosting memory and for lowering blood sugar levels. Finally, it can also help with ADHD when combined with Ginkgo biloba.

Next is Asian ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng. This form of ginseng is more of a stimulant and will help boost energy. Asian ginseng is a great tonic for heart health, and can even help to prevent stroke. Also, it is helpful with neurodegenerative diseases such as, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases. The benefits come from the ginsenosides, isolated from the ginseng roots.

The third common ginseng is Siberian ginseng or Eleutherococcus. It is not the same as the other two ginsengs as it has a different active ingredient called eleutherosides. This herb is great at stimulating the immune system, but can also help with mental stress and memory, and can enhance physical performance. With so many benefits to ginseng, it is a great herb to have in your herbal medicine cabinet.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and a certified aromatherapist and herbologist. For a consultation and products, call 703-851-0087 or visit


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