Many of you know that I’m a big supporter of herbal supplements, especially adaptogens like Ashwhaghanda. I’m constantly advocating to my friends and family to try it out when I hear them complain about how tired or out of energy they are. Adaptogens help fight stress, strengthens your immune system and boosts brain power among many attributes. They’re known to nourish the nervous system which is important to maintain proper sleep cycles, energy levels and combat symptoms of depression which actually suppresses your immune system.
This past summer I stopped taking adaptogens and most supplements and really focused on clean eating. Not a strict diet, but really focusing on the foods I consume and the nutrients they provide. At the same time I decided to take classes at my local gym and came to some realizations. Not only am I out of shape, but don’t have proper discipline when relying on my food to give me the energy I need to get through a workout, let alone an entire day.
I’m not worried about weight. I actually like my shape and weight but could get a bit leaner and use the physical activity since I have a job that keeps me at my desk 9-12 hours a day.
So while I reevaluate this whole workout and proper eating thing, I decided to start with supplements again & try out some new adaptogens to get me through not only workouts but also the daily stresses of life. I really missed my supplements and decided to get back on track and research another adaptogen, Ginseng.
Types of Ginseng
Chinese herbal medicine is based on the principle of ying and yang. Yin being feminine, mild & cold. Yang on the other hand is masculine, strengthens & heat related. American Ginseng falls more on the cool side which is why I chose it. Please consult your doctor before making any self diagnosis. I have had several years of self experience with herbal supplements such as adaptogens and know what to expect. I also spend countless hours researching any supplement before I take it to make sure it applies to my ailment or need at the time.
Asian Ginseng: Yang; Stimulating, Heat
Asian Ginseng is taken for those that feel drained, fatigued and simply worn out all the time. The element of heat provides stimulating effects to the immune and nervous system.
American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius): Ying, Calming, Cool
American Ginseng a lot more milder and soothing to the nervous system as opposed to Asian Ginseng. Ideal for those who deal with nervous or tense energy and its not so overstimulating to the nervous system.
Siberian Ginseng (aka eleuthro) is not considered a true ginseng per se, but has the same adaptogen qualities as the other 2 mentioned. Nourishes Kidneys, body aches and pains. depression, stamina, strengthens immune system. Also helps deal with herpes outbreaks as well as stabilize blood sugar levels.
Health benefits of Ginseng + My Review
- Clears the mind and boost mental energy and cognitive functions
- Increases Stamina and physical performance
- Ideal for athletes to maintain endurance and resistance
- Aphrodisiac, increases fertility, increases sex drive and strengthens reproductive system
- Relieves fatigue, calms nerves and anxiety
How I’m taking Ginseng
My basis for taking adaptogens is to have an all around energizing supplement without the artificial and harmful effects to my nervous system like energy drinks and coffee can have on your overall health. As usual I take supplements in waves where I take them every day for 3 weeks, stop for a week and take only on weekdays sparingly thereafter. Since taking Ginseng beginning September 1st, I feel like I have a little more energy, but not quite the same quick effects like Ashwhaghanda. With Ginseng I don’t have that “whole wellness” feeling I have where I feel good and with energy. Although I do have energy by the time I get home in the evenings, I’m still missing that extra boost. I may be partial to Ayurveda herbs, but nonetheless I’ll keep taking ginseng until I’m done with my bottle.
The Complete Herbal Guide: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body by Stacey Chillemi