Conquer Stress with Ginseng

Today, I’m going to circle back around to the subject of stress since stress management is so crucial to managing your Meniere’s symptoms.  When I first started talking about stress, I mentioned how the repeated release of cortisol into your system is so damaging.  The herb, ginseng, is especially successful at stopping the overproduction of cortisol.  That alone should convince you to take it but it is also effective at relieving fatigue, combatting impotence, improving your immune system, and slowing aging.

Ginseng is an adaptogen.  That is a compound that will help the body adapt to psychological and physical stressors. It does this by increasing the productivity of the adrenal glands.  It will stimulate the production of adrenaline but not necessarily the release of it.  When the supply of adrenaline is raised, the body does not release as much cortisol in stressful situations.  Studies have shown that when ginseng is regularly ingested, the adrenals respond to a stressful situation much faster.  They turn on and off quicker which results in an overall efficient stress response.  Because of that, the body produces lower amounts of cortisol and in general, all hormone glands return to a normal state much quicker after the initial stress is gone.

There are three major classes of ginseng

  • North American (Panax quinquefolium)
  • Siberian (eleuthero)
  • Asian  (Panax ginseng)

There is considerable disagreement about which type is best.  In his book, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil states that the North American variety is the better adaptogen.

Gensing is not be taken continually.  You can consider taking it before and during stressful periods in your life.  Know that it takes a few weeks for the full benefits to be felt.  Once the onslaught has passed, you can discontinue taking it.   If the onslaught never passes, you may wish to consider some other means of relief.

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