In Asia, this herb has been used for centuries. It features heavily in traditional Chinese medicine and also has a long history of traditional use in Korea and Japan. It was used as a tonic to boost vitality and longevity. Both of these benefits have now been confirmed by scientific research.
Numerous studies have looked into Ginseng’s effects on the brain and the findings have been quite remarkable. It can improve memory and cognitive function as well as prevent degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. It can also reduce depression and anxiety symptoms. Its mood-boosting and anxiety-relieving effects are so strong that it has been tested as a natural remedy for opiate withdrawal and it has been quite effective in relieving the challenging symptoms. Ginseng appears to benefit the brain in many different ways: protecting brain cells, causing neural stem cells to reproduce, and modulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
Recently, Ginseng’s anti-ageing properties have also been getting a lot of research attention. Firstly, it can ameliorate many of the problems associated with ageing such as cognitive decline. It has been shown to give people younger-looking skin. It seems to support the ageing body in many different ways: reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, as well as promoting cellular health. Research is ongoing in this area to look at its anti-ageing properties on a genetic level.
A host of other benefits of Ginseng have been found. It can improve cardiovascular health, boost the immune system and regulate blood pressure.