Ginseng, a root written about as “The Root of Immortality” in Eastern medicine as early as 196 AD in The Shen- Nung Pharmacopoeia is making a popular come back in skincare products. It is an amazing ingredient, I hope you are as excited about as I am.
Disclaimer: Please note that the FDA does not approve its medicinal use in the United States, however it can be purchased over the counter as an herbal supplement. This blog and the research used to write it came from Eastern Medicine teachings and uses.
Ginseng is a root that is harvested and then pulled from the ground similar to farming a carrot. There are 2 main types: Korean and American. Ancient Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cultures used Ginseng to increase stamina, improve overall wellness and immunity, and for persevering through hard times as it is believed to bring good karma. Ginseng is rich in several vitamins and nutrients including the following B vitamins; 1, 5, 2, and 12, as well as amino acids, peptides, folic acids, fatty acids, and minerals. It is also rich in ginsenocides, a substance that is similar to human hormones, and has been shown effective in balancing hormones in the body which will help balance blood pressure, insulin production, and increase metabolism. Furthermore it acts as an appetite suppressant, aiding in weight loss.
Ginseng has been used for the following:
- Treating Erectile Dysfunction (because the ginsenosides increase circulation to genital blood vessels)
- Boosting Immune system function
- Lower Blood Sugar
- Improve mood
- Boost Energy (because it is a stimulant)
- Fighting Cancer (because it supports healthy T Cell function, T cells are the cells that fight cancer)
- Aid healthy digestion
- Reduce Tumor Size
- Boost liver function
- Increase sexual desire and performance
- Calming the central nervous system and promoting healthy stress response
Please note there are some contraindications to taking Ginseng as a supplement, if you have any of the following, it is advised that you do not take Ginseng:
- Breast feeding
- Anxiety (because it is a stimulant, it may over excite the existing condition)
- Insomnia (because it is a stimulant)
- Those on anticoagulant medications
- Diabetics should also be very careful with its use, below link for more info https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781779/
Ginseng has been very popular in Korean skin care products for years because of its topical effects on the epidermis! We is the US are always a bit behind, but it is gaining popularity here as well, including several products in the Old Mechanicsville Health Spa signature line we use and carry in office.
Some positive effects Ginseng has on the skin are:
- Prevents visible signs of ageing (because it is a super antioxidant that fights free radical damage)
- Helps prevent environmental damage (like sun or environmental toxins)- because of its antioxidant properties
- Superb moisturizer (because of its ability to hold on to water molecules)
- Plumps the skin (because it Increases collagen and Elastin production)
- Reduces redness and Inflammation- making it a must have for hyper sensitive skin, like me! If you turn red just washing your face you may have hyper sensitive skin. (Ginseng is a natural anti-inflammatory)
- Reduces puffiness (because of its stimulating and anti- inflammatory effects)
- Reduce dark circles and dullness (because of its stimulating properties)
- Increases circulation to the skin
Products in our line that contain this powerful ingredient:
- Oxygen Revitalizing Cleanser
- Vital Hydrant Toner
- Ginseng Mineral Toner
- Microdermabrasion Crème
- Restorative Marine Moisturizer
- Advanced Protection Sunscreen SPF 30
Shoot me an email if you would like to discuss if our products are right for you! OldMechanicsvilleHealthSpa@gmail.com
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