Ginseng's Healing Power
I really appreciate this information written by Nick Polizzo about American Ginseng. We hear so much about Asian Ginseng and right here, in America, we have this most amazing species of Ginseng with incredible properties. Read more here: "When many of us think of ginseng our minds immediately leap across the Pacific Ocean to Asia, but an equally potent version of this plant has been used here in North America for thousands of years. The Seneca celebrate American Ginseng as one of the five most valuable plant medicines, and are not alone in their sentiments. Like so many other herbs, French traders in Quebec quickly recognized American ginseng for its medicinal value and began purchasing large quantities back in the 1600 and 1700s. What it’s good for: Unlike the Asian variety which warms and stimulates the body (promoting the “yang” – or masculine forces within us), American ginseng does quite the opposite. Known for its cooling properties, American ginseng is often used to stabilize fever, reduce swelling, and flush out the digestive tract.
The Cherokee, Mohegan, and Potawatomi often dried the herb and brewed it into therapeutic teas. Known as a robust adaptogen, it has been shown to reduce many types of stress – both physical and mental.
“Panax”, the first word in its latin name, comes from the Greek word for panacea, meaning “all healing”. High praise is built right into it the title!"
Reprinted with permission from Nick Polizzi http://www.thesacredscience.com
- Lynda Leonard