Benefits of Panax Ginseng
There are many different active compounds in Panax ginseng, and it is thought that it is probably a combination of several of these compounds that is responsible for the actions of Panax ginseng. Some of these compounds have "blood-thinning" properties, helping to prevent blood platelets from sticking together (although it is not clear if this effect is significant in humans).
Some of the compounds may stimulate the immune system, which may theoretically help fight off infections or cancer. Panax ginseng may also help lower blood sugar using various mechanisms, including increasing insulin production and increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin. Panax ginseng may have estrogen-like effects, although there is considerable disagreement about whether these effects really occur.
These are just some of the ways Panax ginseng may work. As more is learned through research about the different components of the product, more will be known about how (and if) Panax ginseng works for various uses.
It is not known whether medicinal use of Panax ginseng is safe for children. Keep in mind that children may be more sensitive to the effects and toxicities of medications or supplements. Check with your child's healthcare provider before giving your child Panax ginseng for any purpose.