Ginseng Extract Ginsengisone of the perennial plants that have a slow growth and fleshy roots and belong to the genus Panax of the Araliaceous family. Ginseng is commonly found in Eastern Asia and North America, usually in places where the climate is cool. It is classified by the gintonin and ginsenosides present in it. Apart from the Panax ginseng plant, various other plants are mistaken to be ginseng roots. The most popular examples are Prince Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, American Ginseng and Japanese Ginseng. Even though all these names contain ‘Ginseng’ their functions vary, as the original ginseng only belongs to the Panax genus. The Asian ginseng is said to have to warming properties wherein the American ginseng contains cooling agents.

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The root of Ginseng is normally available in a dried form which is whole or sliced. The ginseng led which is easily found and is inexpensive, is often used. Ginseng infused liquor and tea is widely consumed in Korea. Ginseng is also said to be included in dietary fibers, herbal teas and energy drinks.

Conventional Medicine

Ginseng has been useful in conventional medication over the years; however modern research is still trying to study the effects of the plant. Clinical researches suggest that there have been positive impacts of Ginseng extract on menopause, fatigue, and insulin reaction in people with mild diabetes. However, there is still not enough evidence to prove the physical effects of the extracts of the plants.

Safe for usage

Ginseng, in general does not have a lot of adverse effects, existing adverse effects are low over short-term usage. The raising concerns of ginseng being used long-term or in excess lead to effects such as digestive issues, insomnia and headache. When ginseng is interacted with other medicines that are prescribed, the associated risks are said to be low, however it is not advised to take ginseng along with blood thinning medication. Ginseng also has adverse reactions if used with phenelzine.


The regular Ginsengs are proved to be safe even if consumed in large amounts. Bleeding is said to be the most common symptoms of sever Panax Ginseng overdose. Signs of mild overuse include early morning diarrhea, insomnia, tremor, irritation, raised body temperature, edema, loss of appetite, itching, increased blood pressure palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, fidgeting, excitation and dry mouth and lips.

Signs of heavy overdose of Panax Ginseng include seizures, redness in complexion, convulsions, vomiting, urinary and bowel issues, restlessness, fever, nausea, cyanotic complexion, increased respiration,  dropped heart rate, delirium and reaction and sensitivity toward light seems reduced.