Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
I wrote this for educational purposes this is not medical advice. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.
When you are chronically ill lactic acid and urea can build up in the body this causes muscle fatigue and cramps, joint swelling and joint pain. Panax gensing reduces lactic acid and urea levels. Panax gensing increases the feel good hormones. It increases almost all the antioxidant enzymes in the body protecting the body from oxidative stress. Panax gensing improves oxygen uptake into cells which would increase fat burning, and improve energy levels. Panax gensing improves memory and brain cognitive function. Panax gensing helps with erectile dysfunction. Panax gensing is cardioprotective because it increases nitric oxide levels. It improves the function of the brain and improves adrenal function. Panax gensing increases lung capacity in those with COPD. The weight loss effects of panax gensing only occurs in those who have increased butyrate producing bacteria. Those who have low levels of butyrate bacteria do not experience weight loss when using panax gensing. Oddly panax gensing increases the lifespan of men but not women, it also increases the life span of those who have HIV. Panax gensing improves blood flow. Tissue ischemia is common in sepsis, inflammatory bowel diseases and interstitial cycstitis so it may help with tissue healing in those illnesses. Panax gensing dramatically reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer.
It should not be taken at night it can cause insomnia. Taking high doses can cause rapid heart beats, sore breast, headache, and loss of appetite. Also panax gensing can lower blood glucose levels so if a person takes it, it would probably be best to take it with food. Panax gensing is an immune stimulant so may not be good for those with an over responsive immune system. Because it is an immune stimulant it does help the body eradicate many types of infectious diseases. It stimulates many of the cytokines found to be over expressed in sepsis and inflammatory diseases so I would use panax gensing with caution. Because of it’s immune stimulating effects it has been found to be effective against a variety of infections including candida overgrowth.
One thing that is unique about panax gensing is it stimulates cytokines that are normally inflammatory but inhibits their ability to cause inflammation. So taking it when the immune system is already over activated may not be harmful but I have not found any studies involving it’s use in certain types of autoimmunity so I would be cautious using it if the immune system is over responsive. The way gensing including american gensing increases the cytokines that fight infection but prevent them from being inflammatory is the way they bind to lectin receptors. Lectin receptors can be inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. Ginseng polysaccharides bind to the lectin receptors in a way they stimulate the immune system but inhibit the ability to cause inflammation. Now for me panax gensing seemed to reduce my over responsiveness to things. I suspect it is because it increases IgA which is usually low in those who have leaky gut and it restores the guts ability to protect itself so it could heal. Leaky gut causes an over responsive immune system. Those who have Crohn’s and interstitial cystitis usually have low IgA levels. Panax gensing also increases white blood cells which is usually low in those with tick born illness especially Lyme disease.
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