Ginseng

Written by Dr. Emma, MD
Edited by Marc Gamboa

One of the highly regarded herbal medicines, Ginseng, is a plant that is native to China, Korea, and Siberia. The name ginseng is derived from Greek language that means “cure for all”.  It has been used for more than 4,000 years in China owing to its unique medicinal properties. Some of its medicinal benefits include; enhanced concentration, improves physical stamina, cure Alzheimer’s disease, prevent muscle damage, anti-depressant, and boosting memory and thinking. It is also a popular ingredient in cosmetics, soaps, conditioners, and as a flavoring agent. The active ingredients of ginseng are collectively called ginsenosides which include

  • Aglycones
  • Acetylenic alchohal
  • Chikusetsaponin
  • Ginseng acid polysaccharide
  • Olenolic acid
  • Terpinol
  • Vitamins (C & B-complex)
  • Minerals (vanadium, aluminum, iron, zinc, calcium)
  • Anti-oxidants

Skin benefits of ginseng

Beside its medicinal benefits all over the body, it also proves to be an important skin-care ingredient

Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

Ginseng is an active ingredient of several creams and facial moisturizers due to its anti-aging and anti-oxidant property. Early appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is due to decrease in collagen production, diet, dryness, loss of elasticity and other environmental factors. Ginseng is helpful in reducing wrinkles and fine lines because it stimulates collagen production and slows down the premature aging process. Some studies also show its action in lightening the skin tone; however it is not widely accepted yet.

Heal and Calm

The healing and soothing property of ginseng is of valuable commodity in medicine. There are 12 clotting factors in the body that help the body to clot blood immediately following trauma or bleeding. The number four is calcium, the same mineral present in ginseng. The presence of a clotting factor makes an important remedy in healing wounds and scars. It acts as a strong chemical mediator for other healing chemical substances in the body to reach at the site of wound. It also increases the natural repair process of skin.

Treatment for skin diseases

Acne, eczema and psoriasis are the major skin problems all over the world. Ginseng absorbed quickly in the skin and act as potent vasodilator (dilatation of blood vessels). Increase blood supply removes the bacteria and other causative agents from the infected site, thus relieving the condition. Regular intake of ginseng can help you get rid of these skin diseases.

Anti-aging

Free radicals are the harmful oxidative species that accumulate in the skin due to continual sun exposure and environmental pollutants. Ginseng contains heavy amount of anti-oxidants (vitamin C, tyrosinol and phytonutrients) that helps the body get rid of free radicals. Stimulation of collagen synthesis is an important function of ginseng which in turn increases firmness, and improves skin elasticity thereby diminishing wrinkles or fine lines.

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