Ginseng ( 人参 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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Common English Name
Part of Plant Used
Sweet, slightly bitter
Spleen, Lung, Heart
This herb is used in formulas to treat almost any kind of deficiency. Ginseng is renowned for tonifying Original Qi, which supplements all the other types of Qi. Ginseng has so many therapeutic uses that it is easier to list the few things for which is it is contraindicated (see "Cautions in Use" below).
Traditional Usages and Functions
Powerfully tonifies original Qi; tonifies Lungs and benefits Qi; Strengthens Spleen and tonifies Stomach; benefits Yin and generates Fluids; benefits Heart Qi and calms Spirit.
Common Formulas Used In
Bupleurum and Dragon Bone; Ginseng and Astragalus; Ginseng and Atractylodes; Ginseng and Longan; Ginseng and Tang Gui Ten; Ginseng and Zizyphus; Major Four Herbs; Major Six Herbs; Minor Bupleurum; Panax Ginseng Capsules; Tang Gui and Ginseng Eight; TianMan and Eucommia; Tu-Huo and Loranthus.
If you are interested, there are numerous books about Ginseng.
Cautions in Use
Do not use Ginseng where there is deficient Yin with heat signs, damp heat or excess heat patterns, or ascending Liver Yang. Do not use when high blood pressure is present, or if there are beginning symptoms of an exterior condition such as the common cold. Overuse of ginseng can lead to headache, insomnia, palpitations, or increased blood pressure.