Ginseng Benefits
Black Cohosh Ginkgo Biloba Dong Quai Ginseng Red Clover Soy Vitex Macafem
Black Cohosh
Black cohosh grows in the woods of eastern North America
Ginkgo Biloba
Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years
Dong Quai
Dong Quai is often referred to as "the female ginseng"
The Chinese word "r�nsh�n" means "man root" in English
Red Clover
Originates from Asia, parts of Northern Africa, and Central Europe
Traditionally used in the Orient as a source of protein and medicine
Vitex agnus-castus is also called chaste tree
Originates from the Andean mountains of Perú

Ginseng Benefits

ginseng panacea As the "all-healing" root, ginseng has been used for thousands of years to improve the human body's ability to combat illness. Primarily, it is used to revitalize the body, particularly during recuperation from injury or illness. Modern day uses have seen a growth in its use.

Specific Ginseng Health Benefits

ginseng phytoHormonal Problems: Ginseng is a phytoestrogenic herb that contains plant hormones that are similar to human estrogen. Menopause drastically alters the amount of estrogen hormones a woman�s body produces. Ginseng redresses this balance by replacing lost hormones with phytoestrogenic ones. Such a process is not without dangers however. It is worth noting that ginseng�s benefits and side effects widely vary, depending on the person consuming the herb. Some types of ginseng for example, have been known to cure insomnia in some people and act as a stimulant in others.

During menopause, ginseng can help treat vaginal dryness. Ginseng contains ginsenosides which have an estrogen-like effect on vaginal walls. This effect prevents the thinning of vaginal walls that can affect menopausal women.

ginseng allergiesAllergies: As a booster to the immune system and the body's ability to heal, ginseng has been medically proven as effective in treating some allergies. A study involving 323 people taking ginseng in comparison to a placebo found that those taking the herb were less likely to suffer from allergies.

Ginseng also counteracts the effects of the common cold. The North American version of the herb contains compounds that can boost the body's immunity by increasing the production of immunoglobulin, which plays a vital role in the immune system.

Sexual Dysfunction: Studies have shown that continuous use of ginseng can benefit men with erectile dysfunction, in comparison to those taking a placebo. Ginseng has also been used by menopausal women in parts of Asia to combat a lack of libido.

Memory Loss: The combination of ginseng and gingko has been proven to increase brain power, and this combination is often used by women suffering from memory lapses during menopause.

ginseng staminaImmunity: American ginseng, along with its Asian Panax equivalent, has long been used to increase the body's immunity to illness. Clinical trials of American ginseng have shown the herb enhances immunity cells� ability to flight illness.

Stamina: Korean ginseng also contains steroids such as panaxtriol, which are similar in structure to anabolic steroids found naturally in the body. For this reason, Korean ginseng is ideal for athletes, to increase stamina.

After learning of ginseng�s benefits, it is important to identify its negative effects. Read the next section where side effects of ginseng will be explained in detail.

Conclusions About Ginseng

Ginseng is great for treating some menopause symptoms, but has recently been criticized because it adds artificial hormones to the body. In so doing, ginseng can trigger side effects including serious illnesses such as breast cancer.

Other alternative treatments are just as effective as ginseng, but without the side effects. Non-estrogenic herbs, for example, are a great option for treating menopause symptoms. Read more in the following article.

Which herb should women try? Today women are looking for relief from their menopause symptoms with herbs. Phytoestrogenic herbs and non-estrogenic herbs are good in relieving menopause symptoms, but recent studies show that non-estrogenic herbs have no side effects because they help the body to produce its own hormones instead of introducing hormones like the phytoestrogenic ones. Learn more about non-estrogenic herbs for menopause.
Ginseng Benefits