What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is one of  eleven species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, in the Panax genus, in the family Araliaceae.  It grows naturally on the slopes of ravines and shady, well drained mountainous hardwood forests, typically in cooler climates. It bears five compound leaves on a single stalk at maturity. An insignificant gray flower blooms each spring and, by late summer, has turned into a cluster of crimson fruit. The plant grows between 7 to 21 inches in height when wild. The root is creamy yellow or white resembling a parsnip with rootlets that branch off, sometimes taking the shape of a human body. The root is the part that is consumed. Each plant takes over 5-6 years to grow, but the roots can live for over 100  years.

Ginseng History

The Chinese have been using ginseng for over 5000 years. They composed the name ginseng from two words meaning "Man Plant" from its frequent likeness to the human form. It was later given the botanical name Panax derived from Panacea the Greek word for All Healing or Cure All.

Ginseng has been the most highly respected herb since ancient times by both Chinese and Native American herbalists. As discovered by these ancient healers, this herb help to keep the mind and body in balance.

Common Classification of Ginseng

  • Panax quinquefolius Ginseng (root)
  • Panax ginseng Asian Ginseng (root)
  • Red ginseng (Korean ginseng) (root)
  • Wild Ginseng

Canadian Ginseng

Canadian ginseng which belongs to the Panax quinquefolius, commonly known as American Ginseng, and often by its Chinese name Huaqishen (simplified Chinese花旗参) is an herbaceous perennial in the ivy family that is commonly used in medicine.

Panax quinquefolius ginseng promotes Yin energy and cleans excess Yang from the body leading to a calmer state of being.


A Quote about Ginseng

Ginseng strengths the heart and nervous system. It builds general mental and physical vitality and resistance to disease by strengthening and stimulating the endocrine glands that control all basic physiological processes including the metabolism of vitamins and minerals. Russia researchers report that ginseng normalizes the level of arterial pressure and is effective in the treatment of both hypertension and hypotension.