Ginseng Has Several Good Uses, But Side Effects Also..

Ginseng is a herb that grows in several countries. You can find it growing in Siberia, China, Korea, Japan, and American. The most common and widely used comes from China.

Surprisingly, all forms have the ability to battle fatigue and increase energy levels. It's probably taken for this purpose more that its other healing properties. 

Although this herb is often regarded as a tonic, it has the ability to regulate blood sugar fluctuations, and stimulate circulation. Amazingly if taken in low doses it can raise blood pressure, and in high doses can lower blood pressure. Ginseng has the ability to adapt to the bodies needs. It's only one of a few substances that can regulate and normalize the bodies systems needs. 


One of the uses of this herb.

Ginseng is used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. It's a term that describes a group of symptoms that some people endure. It was actually identified around 1860 and possibility comes from a virus. It can remain dormant in the body until the immune system becomes weakened.

Chronic fatigue symptoms include:

  • Low Grade Fever 
  • Swollen lymph nodes 
  • Headache 
  • Muscle and joint pain 
  • Depression 
  • Loss of concentration 
  • Persistent and recurrent fatigue Muscle weakness. 

Diagnosing this can be difficult because the symptoms can be like other conditions.

Most helpful supplements for chronic fatigue syndrome are:

  • Ginseng strengthens the immune system which is often out of balance with chronic fatigue. Take three times a day, 2 to 4 grams of dried root. Ten to twenty milliliters tincture, 2 to 4 milliliters fluid extract, or 100 to 200 milligrams of dried powered extract.
  • Magnesium relieves fatigue and muscle pain. Three times a day 200 to 300 Mg.  
  • Licorice is an antiviral that helps relieve chronic fatigue symptoms.  Two to four grams of powered root, two to four milliliters fluid extract or 250 to 500 milligrams powered extract three times a day. 

Other helpful supplements are:

  • Q10, boosts the immune system.
  •  Astragalus strengthens the immune system.  
  • Acidophilus restores good bacteria.  

Chronic fatigue syndrome can be difficult to diagnose and treat.


Ginseng can be used to treat people with diabetes.

Diabetics have to watch their blood sugar levels. High levels of glucose can damage nerves and blood vessels over a period of time. That can also set a diabetic person up for problems such as kidney problems, blindness, stroke, and heart problems down the road.

Then again if the blood sugar level drops to low even for a few minutes you could become confused or even lose consciousness. The reading should be within means and as stable as possible.

If you're taking medicine to regulate your levels, monitor them closely if you start taking any supplement. The supplement may drop the glucose level to low.  

The most helpful supplements for this are:

  • Ginseng can improve glucose control and increase energy. 
  • Garlic helps lower blood sugar levels. 
  • Chromium improves glucose tolerance. 
  • Fenugreek helps to regulate insulin. 
  • Biotin enhances insulin sensitivity and improves the utilization of blood sugar. 
  • Magnesium improves insulin production. 
  • Inositol helps to maintain normal nerve function. 
  • Vitamin C to keep from having a deficiency. 
  • Vitamin E improves glucose tolerance and helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels. 

Ginseng is used to treat Impotence.

Most men don't like to talk about it, but sooner or later it happens to about every man. It's estimated that somewhere between 10 and 20 million men suffer with some degree of impotence.

Most have a physical cause, while other reasons can be psychological factors. This calls for a good checkup, but in the meantime helpful supplements are:

  • Ginseng, and most all have heard of it's powerful ability to help impotence. It has long been regarded as a substance that increases sexual desire.

 Other supplements for impotence are:

  • Ginkgo helps improve blood flow to the penis. 
  • Yohimbe is the primary ingredient used in a prescription drug used to treat impotence. 
  • Vitamin A is necessary for the body to produce the sex hormones that are essential for sexual function. 

Easy fixes for impotence are: 

  • Regular exercise and eating a well balanced diet, avoiding alcohol, quit smoking, relax more, and taking more time with foreplay.

Also, the more often the pipe is used the higher the testosterone levels remain.


Always buy ginseng from a well-respected company, because it’s an expensive root, and there's a risk that disreputable manufacturers might sell adulterated ginseng or include less than advertised on the bottle.

Look for American or Asian that are standardized for 5% to 9 % ginsenosides. Buy name brands with a reputation for quality. If you buy a supplement that has this herb as a part of the formula it probably won't do you any good. It will not be enough of this herb in it for a therapeutic dose.

It can be purchased in granules, tablets, capsules, powered or liquid extract, tincture and fresh root. 


Possible side effects of ginseng.

  • Headache 
  • Insomnia 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Anxiety 
  • Rash 

More serious side effects are: 

  • Increased blood pressure. 
  • Heart Palpitations 
  • Asthma attacks  
  • It may also increase the effectiveness of insulin and drugs to lower blood sugar levels. 

We mentioned this above but will add it again. If you're thinking about taking this herb, run it by your doctor and ask their input.

We hope this gave you info on this herb. Our last page was about bilberry, and our next is about the healing properties of the herb dandelion. Home page from Ginseng.

Thanks for reading.

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