Ginseng has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and it offers a wide range of benefits. Ginseng is most often used to relieve stress and boost brain function and alertness, which is why it is often found in energy drinks. Ginseng is an anti-inflammatory and a natural appetite suppressant, which makes it an effective natural ally if you are starting a weight loss and exercise program. It can also help lung function by decreasing the bacteria that cause cystic fibrosis.
Before attempting to treat yourself with ginseng or add it to your nutritional program, consult your physician or a licensed herbalist; ginseng interacts negatively with some medicines, including those used to treat depression.