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Questions and answers about ginseng

Do you have any medical questions about ginseng concerning dosage, application, effects or side effects?

Here you can find answers for freqently asked questions:

How does ginseng work?

Ginseng is an „adaptogen“: This means that the body is able to protect itself better against disturbing and pathogenic influences from the outside or it is able to adjust better to corresponding stresses; it "adapts" itself. The ginseng effect is therefore not specifically directed against certain diseases, but rather unspecific. Thus, a healthy body does not seem to respond to ginseng, but with onset of stress, it can handle this much better than it would be the case without ginseng.

This protection can be effective against any kind of negative influences, both against physical (for example radiation exposure) and chemical (for example allergenic environmental toxins) as well as against biological (for example pathogens) and mental (for example due to stress in the job). It is essential that the defense always runs in the sense of normalization. In other words, ginseng has both stimulating, invigorating and calming properties. An explanation for this can be found in the agents of the ginseng root.

The most important site of action of the ginsenosides is probably the hypothalamus, a region in the midbrain from which all hormonal and neuronal processes are centrally controlled, which serve to maintain the state of equilibrium (homeostasis) in the body.

What are the active ingredients?

The main active ingredients of ginseng root are called ginsenosides. They belong to the substance group of saponins. They are identified by abbreviations, each beginning with an R. In the 1980s, 13 ginsenosides were known, and by now almost 40 ginsenosides are described in the literature.

That the "man-like root" both revive and calm can be traced back to the interplay of the various ginsenosides. For example, the two best-studied ginsenosides, Rg1 and Rb1, are known to be "antagonists" that harmoniously complement each other, as well as Ying and Yang in Chinese medicine: Rg1 raises blood pressure, has a stimulating effect and enhances performance and responsiveness , Rb1 lowers blood pressure, soothes excitement and helps to relax.

In addition to the ginsenosides, numerous vitamins and minerals are contained in the ginseng root, each contributing to the health-promoting effect.

The complex effect of ginseng on the human body ultimately results from the complex composition of the active ingredients in the root. As usually it also applies here: The lot is more than the sum of its parts!

For whom is ginseng recommended?

Ginseng can in principle be taken by anyone and regardless of age. It is recommended especially for the prevention of typical "common diseases", such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or cancer, for prevention of the symptoms of old age and in the recovery phase after a serious illness. The healthier and well-toned your body, the more balanced your soul and psyche, the less you perceive the effect. But ginseng works in secrecy: A healthy body does not seem to respond to ginseng, but it can handle it much better when it comes to stresses and strains than it would without ginseng. A regular ginseng cure is especially recommended for

  • stressed people (manager, working mothers, teachers, et.al.)
  • shifters (nurses, policemen, et.al.)
  • seniors
  • athletics
  • patients in recovery after surgery
  • people who are going through a difficult phase
  • people who want to prevent stress-related widespread diseases.

When do I feel the effect?

In contrast to synthetic drugs, which usually have a very targeted and rapid effect, the ginseng needs some time to make the body feel its regulating effect. But the effect then lasts for a long time extending the intake period, so that you usually get by with one to two ginseng cures a year. The healthier and more balanced you are, the less you feel an immediate effect. However, if your metabolism or your inner life is out of balance, you will recognize a noticeable effect about two to three weeks after starting the ginseng treatment.

How do I take ginseng best?

Generally, a 100-day-cure is recommended with a daily dose of one to two grams of ginseng root with a minimum ginsenoside content of 0.4 percent (Ph.Eur.). If you use Ginseng SL from FloraFarm, one gram of ginseng root (equivalent to two capsules of ginseng SL, each containing 167 mg of ginseng extract) per day is usually sufficient, as our ginseng has been shown to contain more than twice the prescribed minimum content of ginsenosides.

Taking ginseng as capsule:

Take two capsules in the morning, then you are ready for the day!

Taking ginseng as root:

If you like the original and the bittersweet taste of the root, we recommend one gram of the dried root in the first half of the day: Before swallowing, allow the root parts to melt in the mouth for as long as possible until they are completely soft. Thus, the active ingredients are optimally absorbed through the oral mucosa.

Whether root or capsule, the effect is the same! The active ingredients are either absorbed into the body via the oral mucosa or the small intestinal mucosa and distributed to all relevant destinations.

Our tip: Some people feel that the simultaneous use of coffee and ginseng does no good to them and also the ancient Chinese avoid taking ginseng with caffeinated drinks: They say that caffeine takes the energy from ginseng. If possible, drink your morning coffee or black tea half an hour before or after taking your ginseng.

Can I also take ginseng more often or in higher doses?

People who are constantly exposed to increased stress or who suffer from severe chronic diseases, we recommend two 100-day cures per year or a constant ginseng us. With a long-lasting ginseng intake, you can reduce the dose to one capsule (or half a gram of ginseng root) per day after a few months, depending on your personal feelings.

Before difficult exams or sporting challenges, you can increase the dose by two to three times for a few days.You increase the energy supply even more and allow the brain and muscles to perform at their best.

When should I start my ginseng cure?

You can always start! If you want to protect yourself well against colds, we recommend starting in spring or autumn when the pathogens are all around. If you are just at the peak of your cold, you should not start with the ginseng treatment, just wait a few more days to support your body in the recovery phase.

 Ginseng against stress?

The phenomenon of stress is often cited as the reason for various diseases. Changes in the autonomic nervous system and in the hormonal balance, which occur during the stress reaction, can - at high intensity and long duration - certainly cause physical damage. This is proven, for example, for the development of cardiovascular diseases.

With the help of the ginseng root, the body is able to react faster to the different stress triggers and to deal with them in a better way. The increased resistance delays exhaustion and stress-related diseases and possibly even prevents them. Ginseng causes less stress hormones to be formed and existing ones to be metabolized faster. In this context we also speak of the adaptogenic (adaptation) effect of ginseng.


Ginseng for athletics?

Ginseng improves performance under stress: In our ancestors, physical top-performing was required when they suddenly faced an enemy and had to fight or when they had to escape. Today, the will to win, the shot from the starting pistol and the fans in the arena are the "stress factors". The performance of athletes increases with the ginseng intake: Ginseng optimizes the metabolic processes, thus, active people can make better use of their energy. Specifically, improved muscle oxygen uptake and utilization, increased heartbeat volume, and a decrease of lactose concentration in the blood were observed.

A healthy and safe way to boost your physical performance: Doping is out - Ginseng is in.


Does ginseng help my brain?

Clearly yes - ginseng stimulates the brain. With the help of an "electroencephalogram" (EEG) one can measure which brain cells work and how intensively they do that. Biochemical laboratory studies show that the cells have an increased activity with increasing ginseng dose.

People and animals always performed better in performance tests with ginseng than without. Experiments with the elderly have also shown that under the influence of ginseng learning, concentration and response skills are improved and intellectual capacity increases.

Can I use ginseng to strengthen the immune system?

Although ginseng has no direct antibacterial or antiviral activity, it does have a protective effect on various pathogens. Ginseng increases the number of white blood cells, which are responsible for the detection and defense of pathogens. The production of messengers, which are responsible for the communication within the "defense team", is also increased by ginseng. With the help of ginseng the body is well prepared against stress factors, in this case pathogens!

Ginseng for diabetes?

Type 2 diabetics usually have a congenital hyposensitivity to the body's own insulin. This "insulin resistance" is aggravated by obesity and lack of exercise, so that a type 2 diabetes ("adult onset diabetes") is the result. In the case of a diabetic diagnosis, therefore, your doctor usually recommends that you first: "Move and reduce your weight!"

That's not so easy - ginseng gives you the power and energy you need to put the important advice of your doctor into action.

As has been shown in studies, the ginseng agents also directly cause a lowering of the elevated blood sugar level. A high blood glucose level is an imbalance condition in the body, a disorder that is recognized and counteracted by ginseng.

Diabetes can not be remedied with ginseng on its own, but its use in some cases allows a reduction in the usual antidiabetics and increases the general condition affected by the diseaseso you can also prevent other complications associated with type 2 diabetes!

Please take also notice of our advice for diabetics!

Ginseng for cancer?

The importance of ginseng as a supplement to conventional cancer therapy and in prevention should not be underestimated. The general strengthening effect of ginseng on the organism and on the resistance of the body, which has been known for more than 2000 years, is especially important in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Recent studies from Korea show that regular use of ginseng can significantly reduce the risk of cancer. This effect is due to the mode of action of ginseng: He reinforces the protection against external factors that can promote the development of cancer.

In cancer therapy ginseng strengthens the weakened organs and the poor immune system. The side effects of radiation and chemotherapy are mitigated, blood formation in the bone marrow is promoted.

Ginseng for high blood pressure?

Generally speaking: Ginseng stabilizes the blood pressure in a very individual manner. It compensates aberrations upwards and downwards. Concerning blood pressure it shows again the "adaptogenic", regulating effect. Although research confirms this bi-directional effect of ginseng, Chinese medicine literature also suggests that ginseng is better avoided in high blood pressure patients, or only under medical supervision. Therefore, we also recommend: Inform your doctor about the use of ginseng, and let your blood pressure check regularly especially during ginseng intake. Perhaps you may also be able to reduce the dose of one or the other drug due to the ginseng intake.

Ginseng in times of post-menopausal complaints?

In the menopause, the body is affected by hormonal imbalances, which has a significant effect on the general well-being of many women. Many women report beneficial effects of ginseng: Mood swings subside, hot flashes and feelings of weakness occur much less frequently or in a alleviated form. Unfortunately, there are no reliable scientific studies, but it is always worth a try, especially considering the many other health benefits of the ginseng root.

Ginseng for erectile dysfunctions?

Ginseng was for millennia and still is today considered an aphrodisiac: He should strengthen the potency of men and increase their fertility. In fact, ginseng helps with sexual problems: Ginseng makes you more resilient, relaxes, stimulates and tones your whole body. Via the hormone system ginseng influences sperm production in the testes. In healthy as well as in sick, the number of sperms and their mobility significantly increases.

What is so special about Ginseng SL from FloraFarm?

For Ginseng SL from FloraFarm only ginseng roots from our own, German quality cultivation are used. Only the genuine Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) is cultivated. Only this one is approved as a medicine in Germany.

We follow old Korean cultivation methods. SL stands for "Sapientia lenta": the knowledge of the slow, steady way. Anyone who wants to grow and harvest quality ginseng needs a lot of patience. The harvest of our roots takes place after six years of growth, when their content of active ingredients is high enough to make a high quality medicine. For 30 years no new ginseng can be grown on a harvested ginseng field, it takes so long for the soil to renew all the nutrients which have been extracted. Our roots are free of pesticides and other environmental toxins. The harvest is as gentle as the washing and drying process.

Quality is the top priority at FloraFarm. Therefore, the content of active ingredients and the purity of the roots are regularly checked by an independent institutealways with the best results (these, you can request from us).

Of course you can personally convince yourself of the quality and the cultivation methods: Visit us at FloraFarm, we are always there for you.