Chinese Ginseng an Aphrodisiac

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Chinese Ginseng is an herb in the genus Panax. It refers to eleven plant species and is a slow growing perennial plant and well known for its multiple benefits. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. This natural herb is an adaptogen that increases the body’s resistance to trauma, anxiety, fatigue and stress and greatly increases sex drive. The natural habitat of the herb is eastern Asia and found mostly in northern China, Korea and eastern Siberia. In ancient China it was priced even more than gold due to its all-encompassing effect of the human body. The discovery of its aphrodisiac properties is attributed to the resemblance of its natural state to an erect penis. The herb finds mentions in the ancient Indian scriptures dealing with treatment where its effect on sex drive is mentioned in detail.

A study on laboratory animals conducted by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine that American and Asian forms of the herb enhance libido and sexual performance. The effect is attributed to the direct effect of its components on gonads and central nervous system. Increase in sex drive, however, is one of the multiple ginseng benefits of ginsenosides, a class of compounds similar to steroids found exclusively in Panax roots.

An Italian study confirmed its use as an aphrodisiac: “Ginseng is the root of the perennial herbs of Panax quinquefolium and Panax ginseng which contain a series of tetracyclic triterpenoid saponins (ginsenosides) as active ingredients. It is considered a tonic or adaptogenic that enhances physical performance (including sexual), promotes vitality and increases resistance to stress and ageing. The adaptogenic properties of ginseng are believed to be due to its effects on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, resulting in elevated plasma corticotropin and corticosteroids levels. When used appropriately, ginseng appears to be safe.”

Norman Gillis at the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine observes the link between ginseng and nitric oxide synthesis in the body, which may contribute to aphrodisiac properties: “Several recent studies have suggested that the antioxidant and organ-protective actions of ginseng are linked to enhanced nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in endothelium of lung, heart, and kidney and in the corpus cavernosum. Enhanced NO synthesis thus could contribute to ginseng-associated vasodilatation and perhaps also to an aphrodisiac action of the root.”

Panax ginseng is typically promoted for the treatment or prevention of the following health problems:
  • anxiety
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • erectile dysfunction
  • fever
  • fibromyalgia
  • hangover
  • headache
  • inflammation
  • insomnia
  • stress


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