We've been growing American ginseng here on the farm for more than two decades. Our American ginseng tincture is prepared using well dried, certified organic, woods-grown ginseng roots, freshly gathered ginseng leaves and certified organic alcohol. The resulting whole plant tincture is a potent and restorative tonic, deeply nourishing to all body systems.
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If you are interested in enjoying radiant health, robust vitality and a deep sense of well being, eliminating the effects of stress, living long and enhancing your libido, then listen up. One of my favorite herbs for doing all of these things is American ginseng. They don’t call it Root of Life and Wonder of the World for nothing!
Ginseng is a long revered adaptogen with rejuvenating and restorative gifts. It is an energy booster, a supreme nourisher of the adrenal system and the entire endocrine system and therefore an excellent hormone balancer. Ginseng is used to boost immunity, enhance sexual pleasure and is a highly regarded fertility aid. The roots are cancer-protective and can be thought of as a super food for the entire body. Ginseng is a proven tonic for the brain, the reproductive organs, heart and circulatory system and the nervous system.
Ginseng builds vital energy. American Indians used American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius, in much the same way as Asians used Asian ginseng, Panax ginseng, and the complex compounds in each are remarkably similar. In fact, all the ginsengs, including “poor man’s ginseng”, Codonopsis pilosula, are considered basically interchangeable in their health supporting effects, although the Asian variety, P. ginseng is considered warming and the most stimulating of all the adaptogens. Ginseng roots are loaded with antioxidants, phytosterols and glycosides, essential fatty acids, saponins, minerals, B vitamins, and vitamin E. The results of taking ginseng build slowly and are cumulative.
An ancient and oft repeated Chinese tale recounts the story of a wife, anxious to become pregnant. In a magical dream, she is shown the ginseng plant. She takes it, and does indeed conceive. Native American people also used ginseng to enhance fertility. They revered the leaves and root of this woodland plant as a panacea, considered it particularly womb strengthening, and used it as a general builder of health, vitality and strength. Couples in their forties who desire to conceive may have an excellent ally in ginseng.
Ginseng has been used as an aphrodisiac since time immemorial. Regular use nourishes and energizes sexuality and deeply nourishes the reproductive organs. In the process of increasing our vital energy, it helps bring health to our ovaries, uterus, vagina, bladder, and in the male, prostate gland, testicles and penis. Regular use of ginseng raises sperm motility and increases male sexual potency. It also helps ensure a hard erection, and has been used extensively to treat impotence. A variety of American Indian tribes, including the Fox, Delaware, Mohegan and the Appalachians, all used ginseng as an aphrodisiac as well as to treat sexual diseases.
Many of the Eastern tribes also used ginseng roots and occasionally its leaves in sacred ceremonies and its magical properties were invoked for protection, to help improve hunting skills and as a love charm. Ginseng roots and leaves were also added to other formulas to enhance the over-all effectiveness, especially in difficult to treat cases.
Ginseng is a supremely important ally for mature women and men. Its abundant phytosterols are deeply nourishing to the endocrine glands that produce our hormones. Regular use of ginseng will help relieve hot flashes, night sweats, menopausal headaches, emotional swings, and digestive upsets. I have been combining ginseng with angelica/dong qui for years with excellent results. Ginseng helps keep our cells flexible, permeable, and able to take in nourishment. Ginseng keeps our internal organs plump and moist and functioning optimally.
Ginseng is deeply nourishing to the nervous system and adrenal glands. In today’s world we are naturally under a lot of stress, and sometimes it can feel like we are simply fried, uptight and our nerves are shot; we may have symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Let’s face it; by midlife our adrenal glands been around the block a few times. (Alert, relax, alert, relax, alright already!) Our nervous system and adrenal glands need and appreciate anything that will nourish and support them, and ginseng will effectively do both. One of the major physiological results of adrenal exhaustion is fatigue. Regular use of ginseng will greatly help to relieve fatigue and it is an excellent ally for those under any physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual stress.
Ginseng rebuilds vitality, increases stamina and endurance and promotes deep, sound sleep. If you suffer from insomnia you may find a very good friend in ginseng. And if you are dealing with menopausal moments like going into a room and wondering what you went there for, ginseng may also be a reliable friend to you. Ginseng use will gradually improve your memory, restore clear thinking, and enhance your ability to concentrate. The Menominee used American ginseng as a mental stimulant, and I have personally noticed that it works well this way also.
Heart disease and diabetes are both serious, life threatening illnesses affecting both women and men in increasing numbers each year. Of special interest are herbs and natural substances that nourish and protect the heart, and help prevent diabetes. Ginseng will help do both. It is an invaluable ally for regulating blood sugar levels, helps control metabolic syndrome, reduces the risk of adult onset diabetes, and eases hypoglycemic mood swings. And ginseng not only nourishes the heart and circulatory system but has also been clinically proven to lower blood pressure levels.
Ginseng is also a powerful cancer preventative. In fact, studies abound on ginseng’s antitumor properties. Scientists at Japan’s Kanazawa Medical University found that saponins from ginseng actually caused cultured mutated liver cells to convert to normal functioning liver cells, a process they called “decarcinogenesis.” Scientists have also found that ginseng prevents radiation damage to nerves, and has a strong liver-protective effect.
The Eclectic physicians used ginseng roots as a digestive bitter. It is very useful for enhancing digestion and absorption of nutrients. Chewing on a small bit of the dried root, about the size of your pinky fingernail, helps to stimulate the production of stomach acid and digestive juices. It is also effective against rumbling of the intestines (borborygmus).
If you enjoy working out and are serious about re-shaping a buff new body, ginseng may be your ally. Ginseng contains plenty of steroidal saponins, precursors to anabolic steroid production, which enhance muscle growth and efficiency and help build strength, bulk and tone.
American Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius – Araliaceae
Taste/energy - sweet, bitter, cool, moist
Dosages - Tincture – 30-60 drops 1 to 3 times daily
Caution – avoid large doses if taking warfarin.