Ginseng ( 人参 ) ...Chinese Herb...
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).
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.
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.
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.