Panax Ginseng is a species belonging to the vast ginseng family which includes Siberian, American and Korean Ginseng. Panax Ginseng is part of the Aroliaceae family and while it is popular in Asian medicine it is actually much like American Ginseng in its properties. It is said that the best Panax Ginseng extract comes from the roots of plants that are 6 years or older, and it has traditionally been used to treat a number of health conditions such as anxiety, flu, certain cancers and sexual dysfunction.
In terms of this latter condition, there are several ways that Panax Ginseng can benefit. Firstly, Ginseng is what is known as an Adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body adapt to stresses and stress is one of the most common causes for temporary erectile dysfunction. Ginseng helps to relax the airways and blood vessels which allows for a better flow of oxygen and blood, especially important in achieving and maintaining a healthy erection. It is also thought that Panax ginseng may also help support sperm production and improve the quality of the sperm which in turn can help fertility.
For sexual performance, Panax Ginseng can be taken either orally or used topically, applied directly to the penis. However, it also comes in other forms including teas, concentrated liquids and powder. The recommended dose to treat sexual conditions is 200-300 mg taken 2-3 times per day and it is also recommended that the user ‘cycle’ the dose, for example taking the product for an initial period of 3 months then stopping for 2 weeks before resuming the dose.
While Panax ginseng generally does not have any adverse side effects associated with it, because it is a stimulant, those with sleeplessness or insomnia may want to avoid the product. Even if this is not a problem, it is a good idea to reduce caffeine consumption while taking ginseng. Additionally, Ginseng may interact with some Drug medications, especially insulin and blood thinners.