Ginseng for Stress -
Does It Help?
Thinking of Using Ginseng for Stress and Anxiety?
experiences periods of stress throughout their lives. This can be
caused by issues at work, demands from your children, money worries and
problems from your partner.
you are under stress, it can
cause changes in your weight, muscle pain and tension, insomnia, poor
concentration and grinding of teeth. In severe cases, it has been known
to cause stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Before considering prescription drugs for treating anxiety and stress, ginseng may be the herb worth considering.
Ginseng for Stress - Chinese Herb
to Fight Off Stress
The Asians have been using ginseng for
centuries as a tonic to promote total health. Indeed, several studies
done in Europe and America showed that ginseng boost the body's ability
to cope with stress.
Herbs that show this property are called adaptogens.
regulates the release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACH) which is an
adrenal steroid that increases the body's response to stress. The less you
have this steroid in your blood, the harder it is for your body to
response to stress.
Also the amount of vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
in the adrenal gland drops when you are under stress. Ginseng keeps
this level high so that your body can maintain calmness.
Dose to Use
One effective way of getting ginseng into your system is to drink ginseng tea. One to three cups daily would be a good start.
you prefer a pill formulation, take 200 mg twice daily or take 2.5 mL
(1/2 teaspoon) of the liquid extract or 5 mL of the tincture
formulation twice a day.
You may stop taking ginseng once the stress subsides.
The dose of ginseng for managing
chronic stress is the same as discussed above. However, experts suggest
that you give yourself a week free from ginseng every five weeks.
"break" from ginseng is believed to help prevent getting side effects
from the long-term use of ginseng. These side effects include insomnia,
restlessness and possible elevated blood pressure.
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