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gin·seng

(jin'seng),
The roots of several species of Panax (family Araliaceae), esteemed as of great medicinal virtue by the Chinese, used extensively as a "nutriceutical"; alleged to improve mental and physical functions.
[Ch.]

ginseng

/gin·seng/ (jin´seng)
1. any herb of the genus Panax>, especially P. ginseng (Chinese g.) and P. quinquefolius (American g.).
2. the root of Chinese or American ginseng, used as a tonic and stimulant.

eleuthero ginseng , Siberian ginseng the shrub Eleutherococcus senticosus, or a preparation of its root, which is used to improve general well-being and for various indications in traditional Chinese medicine.

ginseng

(jĭn′sĕng′)
n.
1. Any of several plants of the genus Panax, especially P. ginseng of East Asia or P. quinquefolius of North America, having small greenish flowers grouped in umbels, palmately compound leaves, and forked roots used in herbal medicine.
2. The roots or preparations of the roots of any of these plants.

ginseng

an herb with red or yellow fruits that is native to the Far East and is now found throughout the world. One species is native to North America.
uses It is used for physical and mental exhaustion, stress, viral infections, diabetes, sluggishness, fatigue, weak immunity, and convalescence and may have some efficacy (e.g., better stress tolerance, reaction times, abstract thinking).
contraindications It should not be used during pregnancy and lactation or in children. It is also contraindicated in those with known hypersensitivity, hypertension, and cardiac disorders.
Alternative medicine An herb used as a herbal remedy, as an anxiolytic and antidepressant
Chinese medicine Any of 22 different deciduous plants, mostly of the Panax family—e.g., Panax ginseng—that are native to Southeast Asia; ginseng root contains panaxin, panax acid, panaquilen, panacen, sapogenin, and ginsenin; it is used in Chinese herbal medicine as a tonic and restorative, and said to have immunologic, hormonal, and stress-reducing effects; it has been used for respiratory infections, gastrointestinal complaints including anorexia, bloating, depression, diarrhoea, vomiting, fatigue, impotence, shock, shortness of breath, stress, increased sweating
Physiologic effects Increased testosterone, corticosteroids, gluconeogenesis, central nervous system activity, increased pulse and blood pressure, gastrointestinal motility, haematopoiesis; decreased cholesterol
Toxicity Ginseng should not be used in patients with asthma, arrhythmias, hypertension, or post-menopausal bleeding
Fringe oncology Ginseng’s effect on cancer is inconclusive; weak data suggest it may have carcinoprotective effects. See Unproven methods for cancer management

ginseng

Pharmacognosy An herb used as a herbal remedy, as an anxiolytic and antidepressant Physiologic effects ↑ testosterone, corticosteroids, gluconeogenesis, CNS activity, HTN, ↑ pulse and BP, GI motility, hematopoiesis; ↓ cholesterol Toxicity Ginseng should not be used in Pts with asthma, arrhythmias, HTN, or post-menopausal bleeding. See Unproven methods for cancer management.

gin·seng

(jin'seng)
(Panax quinquefolius) Herbal with dozens of purported therapeutic properties (e.g., antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sleep aid, systemic panacea); used worldwide by enormous numbers of people.
[Ch.]

ginseng

The root of two perennial Chinese and Korean herbs of the genus Panax—P. quinquefolium or P. schinseng . Ginseng is credited with the power to cure many diseases including cancer, rheumatism and diabetes, and to have powerful aphrodisiac properties. There is no evidence that the herb has any medical or other value.

ginseng

name commonly used for several species of Panax herbs. A naturally occurring substance, not banned in sport, ginseng has been suggested to have performance-enhancing properties, though these have not been scientifically proven. In addition, several preparations of ginseng have been found to be contaminated with banned substances. Side effects include insomnia, depression and high blood pressure.

ginseng,

n Latin names:
Panax ginseng, Panax quinquefolius; part used: roots; uses: adaptogen, im-munostimulant, endurance, fatigue and stress, concentration, tonic, diabetes; occasionally used for hyper-lipidemia, cancer, rheumatism, male infertility and sexual dysfunction; precautions: high blood pressure, cardiac conditions; patients taking anticoagulants, insulin, MAOIs, antidiabetics, stimulants, or ephedra. Also called
American ginseng, Asian ginseng, Asiatic ginseng, Chinese ginseng, five-fingers, Japanese ginseng, jintsam, Korean ginseng, ninjin, Oriental ginseng, schinsent, seng and sang, tartar root, true ginseng, or
Western ginseng.
ginseng, American,
n.pr See gin-seng.
ginseng, Asian (āˑ·zhn jinˑ·sing),
n Latin name:
Panax ginseng; part used: roots; uses: general health, illness protection, antiinflammatory, muscle relaxant, tumor prevention, stimulant; precautions: pregnancy; can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, sleeplessness, diarrhea, painful breasts, mania, vaginal bleeding.
ginseng, eleuthero,
n See ginseng, Siberian.
ginseng, Siberian (sī·bēˑ·rē·n ginˑ·sing),
n.pr Latin names:
Acanthopanax senticosus, Eleutherococcus senticosus, Hedera senticosa; parts used: roots; uses: adaptogen, radio-stimulant, anticancer, immuno-stimulant, immunomodulator, genital herpes, athletic performance, energy, antiinflammatory, insomnia; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; do not use over three concurrent months; do not use with antidiabetic medications, immunosuppressive medications, cardiac glycosides, stimulants, ephedra. Also called
devil's shrub, Russian ginseng, shigoka, or
touch-me-not.
ginseng, true,
n See ginseng, Asian.

ginseng

a mixture of saponins from the dried root of Panax sp; reputed to have a wide range of pharmacologic properties. Used variously as a stimulant, a sedative and to increase stamina and resistance to disease. Called also Ren Shen in Chinese herbal medicine.
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While many people take ginseng by itself--often for increased energy or libido --it is used throughout Asia as one of a number of herbs in herbal formulas.
I remember hearing about a young man who ate large quantities of ginseng every day.
Although ginseng is generally considered to be safe, it has been known to cause side effects in some people.
In another experiment, separate aliquots of another drug-free serum pool were supplemented with Asian, American, and Indian ginsengs (60 [micro]L/mL of serum) to study protein binding of digoxin-like immunoreactive components of various ginsengs.
No apparent digoxin concentration was observed in the serum of any mouse using ECLIA and TIA assay, indicating that metabolites of ginsengs do not interfere with these assays.
In a different experiment, the effect of Asian, American, and Indian ginsengs on serum digoxin measurement was studied by supplementing aliquots of 2 digoxin pools with various ginsengs.