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Ginseng for Stress - Does It Help?

Thinking of Using Ginseng for Stress and Anxiety?

ginseng for stressEveryone 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.

When 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.

Ginseng 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

Periodic Stress

One effective way of getting ginseng into your system is to drink ginseng tea. One to three cups daily would be a good start.

If 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.

Chronic Stress

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.

This "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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