Ginseng (Ren Shen) - Functionalities and Benefits for Pets
While Ren Shen, otherwise known as Asian Ginseng, King of Herbs, or Panax Ginseng Root, is a common ingredient in foods in Asia, it has also been used as an herbal medicine for thousands of years to replenish a Qi deficiency.
While the root of this plant is often promoted as a dietary supplement to improve physical stamina, concentration, and memory, among other things, it is also frequently used by itself or in combination with other medicinal ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. This is because the ginsenosides it contains are the pharmacologically active component in ginseng that has a myriad of effects on the body.
Ginsenosides are part of how the ginseng plant defends itself, similar to other plants that might produce insect repellents or anti-microbial substances. These naturally occurring ginsenosides not only function as antimicrobial and antifungal agents to protect the plant, the bitter taste also deters other animals from eating them. While this keeps many insects from eating the plant, it has not deterred humans from including it in many dishes.
In fact, in order for ginsenosides to become active in mammals such as you or your pet, it either must be ingested or absorbed via an ointment.
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