Herbal Remedies for Immunity
Chinese Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Ginseng increases a person's ability to 'adapt' to changes in the environment.
Because of this property, It is called an adaptogen.
Herbalists say that ginseng affects the immune control centers of the central nervous system, directly and indirectly through adrenocortical hormones, toning, increasing output, or simply restoring equilibrium. Blood parameters, including pressure, glucose levels, insulin levels and white blood cell count, are
stabilized. Analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory action will occur when needed.
Ginseng either thins the blood or increases its clotting ability depending on
the circumstances. DNA, protein and lipid synthesis are all stimulated when cellular feedback mechanisms signal a state of deficiency. Studies show that ginseng strengthens the heart, stimulates recovery from surgery and debilitating infectious disease, and
helps people to overcome the effects of stress.
Properties of Panax Ginseng
The following are some of the properties of ginseng that has been observed
in various clinical trials.
1. Immune-enhancing action, including the stimulation of phagocytosis, modification of interleukin responses, strengthening of the reticuloendothelial system.
2. Ability to neutralize free radicals through antioxidative action.
3. Ability to lower or raise white blood cell count depending on need.
4. Stimulates adrenal glands and the entire
adreno- hypothalamic- pituitary axis.
5. Has distinct antitoxic action against a wide range of toxins, including radiation, heavy metals and airborne pollutants.
6. Stimulation of RNA, DNA and protein synthesis in the liver.
7. Anticancer properties.
8. Ability to influence almost all liver functions.
9. Central nervous system depressant or stimulant,
anticonvulsant, analgesic, tranquilizing.
10. Ability to lower or raise red blood cell count depending on need.
Ginseng has a very low toxicity. Use the herb in moderation. Use of standardized ginseng extracts may create imbalances in
people who have high blood pressure and those under stress. If this
applies to you, use whole root instead of standardized extracts.
1. Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph. D., Herbal Tonic Therapies, Wings Books, New York, 1996