Reviewed by Physician Wong Si Xuan and Dr Eki Wari on September 20, 2022
Health Benefits Of Red Ginseng That Will Make Your Life Easier
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Red ginseng is made through a unique steaming and drying process, making it warmer in nature than regular ginseng. Here's how that benefits you.
It can counteract work stress, improve physical and mental endurance, support heart health,
Read on to learn about the many health benefits of red ginseng, how it’s different from other types of ginseng, and how to use it.
What Is Red Ginseng?
It is commonly used in TCM due to its warming nature. The herb has effectiveness in the Spleen, Lungs, Heart, and Kidneys channels.
According to TCM Physician Wong Si Xuan, it has the ability to invigorate
Red ginseng vs. other types of ginseng
Siberian ginseng, also known as Eleuthero, is a different plant and does not contain the same bioactive compounds.
According to Physician Wong, “While different forms of ginseng are often used to enhance wellness, the different species have their distinct effects. Regular ginseng is processed into red ginseng through a steaming and drying process. Both types invigorate
“However, regular ginseng is also able to nourish the Spleen and Lungs, boost Blood production and calm the mind. Meanwhile, red ginseng, after processing, tends to be warmer in nature. It would be better suited for people who are Yang Deficient. This includes those who tend to feel cold, especially in the extremities,” Physician Wong continued.
“Other species of ginseng have their own effects. For example, Pseudostellaria Root (
Health Benefits Of Red Ginseng
“Red ginseng can help relieve fatigue and stop abnormal bleeding due to Qi Deficiency, such as
Here are some evidence-based benefits:
Reduces stress and improves quality of life
Thanks to its adaptogenic properties, red ginseng helps increase the body’s resistance to stress.
One study found that people who took it had improvements in energy, sex life, sleep, personal satisfaction, and well-being.
Another study found that people who took it in supplement form
Boosts cognitive performance
Studies show that red ginseng may help improve learning and thinking abilities. It may also improve cognitive performance, including areas involving memory, mental arithmetic, and concentration.
Other research has shown that it may help improve abstract thought. It’s especially effective when combined with
Supports metabolic health
Red ginseng may help ward off metabolic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Other research shows that both types – American and red – may help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Reduces fatigue and increases physical endurance
You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from increased energy levels. One study found that red ginseng reduced fatigue in 332 people.
Other research shows that it may help improve strength, endurance, and agility or reaction time.
Supports immune health
Red ginseng may help prevent you from getting sick. Studies show that it helps increase immune cells in the blood. It also improves the body’s immune response to the flu vaccine.
One study found that the number of colds and flu were two-thirds lower in people who took ginseng and got the flu vaccine four weeks later.
Another study found that it helped reduce the likelihood of getting a cold. Those who got one reported having milder symptoms.
Alleviates reproductive disorder symptoms
Red ginseng may be used to support fertility, alleviate erectile dysfunction, and reduce symptoms of menopause.
Animal studies have shown that ginseng improves sperm production, sexual activity, and sexual performance. Human studies have shown that it increases sperm count, motility, and erections in men.
Other studies have found that it decreases menopausal symptoms in women, especially depression and mood disorders.
How To Use Red Ginseng
According to Physician Wong, “red
Lastly, Physician Wong recommends, “
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