Asian ginseng, officially known as Panax Ginseng, is one of the most famous and valued herbs used by mankind. Ginseng is an energy tonic that helps support the human energy system by promoting the production of Qi. It is therefore termed a Qi tonic. It has been shown to be tonifying to both the central nervous system function and to the endocrine system function. It is the primary Qi tonic of Chinese tonic herbalism. Simultaneously, it helps to calm the nerves and lift the human spirit.
Ginseng helps a person to adapt to all kinds of challenging situations, promotes endurance and enhances resilience under stressful conditions. By aiding in our ability to adapt appropriately to varying conditions, it helps us survive and even thrive under otherwise challenging circumstances. It has thus been termed an "adaptogenic" substance by scientific researchers. It is also called, more simply, an “adaptogen.”
Ginseng is also used to tonify digestive and respiratory functions. Ginseng contains many active constituents, the most important being the saponins called ginsenosides. Ginsenosides specifically improve adaptability, and are believed to help build muscle and endurance. Therefore Ginseng is very popular with athletes and those who perform hard physical and mental work. Ginseng also contains polysaccharides that promote healthy immune functioning in humans.
There are many varieties of ginseng, all of which have distinct characteristics. Most high quality ginseng is good for men and women alike. Asian ginseng generally has a "warm" energy.