What Is Ginseng Used For?


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According to WebMD, ginseng is used for treating depression and anxiety and boosting the immune system. This supplement is also used to help improve memory, concentration and stamina.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine adds ginseng can aid in digestion, promote appetite and decrease nerve pain. American ginseng is used by diabetics, those with low iron and those with cystic fibrosis and blood and bleeding disorders. WebMD states that Panex ginseng, also known as Asian ginseng, is used by those who suffer from breast, lung, liver or skin cancers.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine describes American ginseng as a plant in which the root is used for medicinal purposes. Asian ginseng is also created from roots for medicinal purposes and can also be found in cosmetics, soaps and as a beverage flavoring.

The recommended American ginseng dosage for diabetics is 3 grams about two hours prior to eating a meal, explains the U.S. National Library of Medicine. In addition, those who are between the ages of 18 and 65 can take up to 400 milligrams per day of American ginseng to help prevent the common cold, flu and other respiratory infections. This is most effective when take during the cold and flu season.

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