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What is Siberian ginseng?
Siberian ginseng is a species of small, woody shrub in the family Araliaceae native to Northeastern Asia. It is a powerful tonic herb with an impressive range of health benefits. It is more useful for maintaining good health rather than treating ill health. The active chemicals in ginseng are called ginsenosides, and many of these are known to have specific effects on the immune, hormonal, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems.
Many ginsenosides are antioxidant compounds that protect cells. One more active component in Siberian ginseng is considered to be eleutherosides. It has been theorized that ginseng's action in the body is due to its stimulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis to secrete adrenal corticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH has the ability to bind directly to brain cells and can affect a variety of behaviors in the body. These behaviors might include motivation, vitality, performance and arousal.
What is the effective dosage of Siberian ginseng supplementation?
The effective dosage of Siberian ginseng is 2 to 6 grams a day. Dosage is also based on its manufacturer and the source of the herb.
What are the benefits of Siberian ginseng supplementation?
• Research has shown that Siberian ginseng stimulates resistance to stress and so it is now widely used as a tonic in times of physical and mental stress.
• The root and the root bark are used as adaptogen, anti-inflammatory, hypoglycemic, tonic and vasodilator.
• It has also been used to resist radiation sickness and exposure to toxic chemicals.
• It enhances athletic performance/stamina.
• It is health tonic for general well-being.
What are the side effects of Siberian ginseng supplementation?
It is very safe. There are no known drug interactions, contraindications, common allergic reactions or toxicity to Siberian ginseng.
• Individuals with hypertension should avoid taking ginseng because it may increase blood pressure.
• Because ginseng may make it difficult to sleep, do not take it near bedtime.
• Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding.