by Kai-Chang Chan
Ginseng is an important traditional Chinese herbal remedy. It is one of the most popular natural tonics and has been shown to possess many intriguing health properties including a protein anabolic effect, anti-tumor activities and an inhibitory effect on tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), ginseng can tonify yuan qi (the source of energy), the lungs, spleen, promote the generation bodily fluids, relieve thirst, calm the spirit and even improve brain functioning. Clinical research has shown that ginseng can promote cardiac function, treat hypertension, treat diabetes mellitus, treat sexual dysfunction and may treat cancer.