Asian ginseng extracts also go by the names Korean or Chinese ginseng and they have several benefits. The botanical name for Asian ginseng is Panax ginseng and shouldn’t be confused with other types like American and Siberian ginseng which have similar effects but not the same benefits to health. True ginseng or Nootriment has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine owing to their bioactive molecules that improve circulation and increase activity of nerve growth factors in the brain. It has many sexual, cognitive and medical benefits as evidenced by several studies and clinical trials.
Common uses of Asian Ginseng extract
- Sexual benefits
It has numerous benefits among them stress relief, boosting immunity, increasing libido, pulmonary function and anti-aging. There are more benefits but these are not vetted by clinical studies as they are based on traditional and historical use. Panax is often taken orally to improve erectile dysfunction in men. You must take 1400-2700 mg of to enjoy any relief from erectile dysfunction. Studies show that it could improve sex drive in both men and women as well as help achieve a strong erection.
- Asian ginseng extracts creams
SS cream is a topical ginseng extract product that also contains toad venom, torlidis seed, cinnamon bark, angelica roots and clover flowers among other herbs. This cream can be applied on the glans before sex to improve performance. It should be applied an hour before sex and then washed off before intercourse for optimal results. Some types of ginseng like Korean have the ability to increase sexual arousal and satisfaction among postmenopausal women.
- Cognitive benefits
Credible research shows that Asian ginseng helps improve cognitive function in human beings. The consumption of P. ginseng improves concentration span, arithmetic skills and reaction times in middle-aged people. The extract may not be effective on its own but stacking it with ginkgo biloba improves its benefits. Conclusive studies also show the abilities of Asian ginseng root in managing Alzheimer’s if one takes between 4.5 and 9 grams of the extract daily.
- Medical benefits
- A trial using P. Ginseng and a placebo showed significant effects of the former on pulmonary function.
- Another study credits Asian ginseng with reducing the flu by wider margins compared to placebo controls.
- Asian ginseng improved certain symptoms of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS).
Side effects of Asian Ginseng
Asian ginseng is tolerated by many adults but the extracts are not recommended for nursing/pregnant women, infants, adolescents and children. There no side effects associated with oral intake of ginseng but some users report:
- Itchy skin
- Appetite loss
Such side effects are usually minor but in some cases people experience adverse reactions like vaginal bleeding and palpitations. If you experience such effects after taking P. ginseng, quickly get to the doctor to get relief.
There are possible interactions that could occur between P. ginseng and certain drugs or herbal products. This calls for caution and discussion with a physician to make sure that the extract is safe for you to take alongside other medications.