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Has anyone taken Korean Panax Ginseng?

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Gingergrrl, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Community Support Volunteer

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    I found this link on PR and hopefully it will work if you click on it!

    http://phoenixrising.me/archives/14205

    I was wondering if anyone is currently or in the past taken Korean Panax Ginseng to boost NK functioning or for any other reason? If so, what was the outcome (good or bad?) Did it cause increased energy? I am afraid of it causing insomnia or tachycardia but my husband wanted me to ask the PR gurus about it.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback!
     
  2. TigerLilea

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    I did about 20 years ago, however, I didn't notice any side-effects or improvement symptom wise. :(
     
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    I took Korean Panax Ginseng (paste form) during the 1st / 2nd month of my severe initial viral illness. It definitely made my symptoms worse at the time. It caused tachycardia, anxiety and gastrointestinal issues.

    I later tried smaller dose a year later when I was feeling a little better. No significant improvement in fatigue or stamina.

    I would be very cautious with taking ginseng supplement.

    I also tried Montoya protocol - low dose ritalin and PAX vitamin / supplement. There can be variable responses with stimulants but ritalin caused emotional "blunting" side effect and no increase in energy. I can't tell whether PAX vitamin is better than any other. More than 1 tablet causes urine to turn yellow. I suspect poor absorption.

    I finally turned to drinking double expresso coffee / latte. I find expresso coffee less acidic than drip coffee. As long as I drink between 9-10 in the morning, it does not impair sleep quality. Although, caffeine can be metabolized to varying degrees based upon individual. Plenty of antioxidants in coffee. Studies show coffee consumption helps those with diabetes. I also read somewhere it can have a positive effect on mitochondrial biogenesis.
     
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  4. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Community Support Volunteer

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    Thank you both for your feedback and I was already hesitant about the ginseng before I posted. I cannot tolerate any caffeine or anything that causes tachycardia or insomnia so I think this rules it out for me.
     
  5. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Korean ginseng is considered very "hot" (stimulating) in Chinese Medicine. It can be hard for sensitive people to tolerate. The only kind of "ginseng" I have been able to tolerate is actually not a real ginseng at all. Though it is sometimes called Siberian Ginseng it is in reality Eleutherococcus Senticosus... or more commonly called eleuthero root. It's an adaptogenic herb, which can help gently boost the adrenals, which is what I take it for.
     
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  6. Gingergrrl

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    @Dreambirdie Thank you for that detailed info and I am one of the people who is very sensitive to meds. I definitely will not be trying it and so glad I asked here first!
     
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    I tried it when i first got sick. It had a stimulating effect. It didn't really solve any problems really.. but it made me a bit jittery.
     
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    I tried it decades ago and it had no effect on me, good or bad. I've also tried a couple of other types of ginseng, also with no effect -- except for lost money.
     
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  9. Patrice

    Patrice

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    I don't think Korean ginseng is advised for women - have you tried siberian? An amazing adaptogen.
     
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    Patrice

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    I think Siberian and Korean Panax different @ Dream?
     
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    123z

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    I tried it and it had no noticeable effect. I still have the unused remains of the bottle I bought which I will throw out in due course.
     
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    Tunguska Senior Member

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    Same here
     
  13. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Community Support Volunteer

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    Thanks for all the additional feedback and the consensus is unanimous and I won't be trying this one!
     

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