Ginseng Q & A
1. What is Ginseng?
It is the most valued, revered and legendary medicinal plant found growing wild only in Northern Manchuria and Northeastern United States. It’s a perennial plant, which stands about 10 to 20 inches high with 2 to 5 clusters of a group of five leaves and a spindle-shaped root. Small white flowers in summer are followed by red berries (bearing seed) in the fall. Panax is Greek for “Cure it all”. Three varieties are generally regarded as “Ginseng”: American Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolium) Chinese and Korean Ginseng (Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer) and Tien-Chi Ginseng (Panax Pseudo Ginseng). A cousin of ginseng, Eleutherocococcus Senticosis is also widely accepted as a medicinal plant.
2. Where does Ginseng grow?
Ginseng can be found growing any place where there is at least 100 days of dormant weather. It grows best along the 45th parallel. Wild ginseng is an indigenous plant to the North American Continent and used to grow plentifully in Northern and Eastern regions of the United States. The Chinese people have valued it very highly since American Wild Ginseng was first exported to China in 1717. As a result, they paid over $275.00 per pound to import it in 1993. Our total export in 1993 amounted to about 100,000 lbs. of wild root valued at $30 million. We also produced about 2,000,000 lbs. of cultivated ginseng in 1993 for export to the oriental countries at about $30 per lb. or a total of $ 60 million. Wausau, Wisconsin in Marathon County is the hub for cultivated American ginseng. More than 90% of the U. S. annual production is grown in Wisconsin. The American crop is exported to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China for top dollar (much higher than Chinese Red or White ginseng and white Korean ginseng.) As of yet ginseng cannot be grown in the same place twice.
3. As a consumer, which kind of ginseng should I take?
Because there has been so little pharmacology research done about ginseng in the United States, it will be necessary to answer this question from a viewpoint exploring the Chinese Philosophy of “yin and yang”. Health, simply stated, is maintained by balancing opposites called “yin and yang”. “Yang” is concerned with heating, energy or metabolism. Yin, at the other end of the spectrum is characterized as cooling, passive and storing. Asiatic Panax Ginseng, has been traditionally used as a restorative tonic for the yang. Scientific studies done outside the United States have verified the different genetic profiles between American and Asiatic Ginseng. American Ginseng is ideally suited for those who are typically yang, having a strenuous and stressful lifestyle and for those who need to improve their general health.
4. Does Ginseng Really Work?
With over 1 billion people around the world taking ginseng everyday and feeling the positive effects on their whole body the answer would be definitely YES. Taking ginseng does require patience to allow the ginsenosides, which is the active ingredient to work.
5. Why should I use Root to Health™ ginseng products?
Hsu’s Ginseng has over 35 years’ experience in every aspect of the American ginseng business.
Our company is cultivating ginseng in the heart of Wisconsin’s ginseng county (Marathon county) on over 1,000 acres of land. We select only the best quality 100% pure ginseng roots for our products. We stand behind our products and guarantee their purity, quality and potency.