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Origin of Korean Ginseng

Panax ginseng is a medicinal herb originally growing wild in Korea and China. Wild ginseng has been used medicinally in these areas for about 5000 years. It is a highly regarded herb and has historically be known as the ‘Divine cure’.

The name ‘Ginseng’ can be found in various medicinal writings dating back as far as 100BC. Korean (Panax) ginseng has been noted as having the highest level of quality in medicinal publications that date back to the inception of publishing.

The effectiveness of Korean ginseng is widely recognised among the South Eastern Asians and Chinese. It is used as a tonic and rejuvenator.

Ginseng is the most researched medicinal herb on the planet. It is currently being researched for properties to fight and protect against cancer, diabetes and other ailments.

Korean ginseng was originally harvested from wild stock growing deep in the rugged mountains of Korea. However, the availability of wild Korean ginseng diminished as increasing demand and over harvesting took it’s toll. From the 16th century, methods were developed to cultivate and process Korean ginseng. These methods have been built upon and carry on to this day, resulting in a consistent, high quality product.

Benefits of Korean Ginseng

This product is made from 4 year old,100% Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng), expertly grown by South Korean ginseng farmers and processed using modern methods in South Korea. Benefits of Korean Ginseng: Known to improve the immune system, physical endurance, reduce stress, improve metabolism, mental ability and libido. It is said to be an adaptogen, as it’s beneficial effects vary between individuals and adapt to the bodies needs. Adaptogens are substances that help the body to restore itself to health and to work without side effects.

Ginseng is used to lower cholesterol, increase energy, as an anti-aging supplement, with the capability of alleviating some major effects of aging such as degeneration of the blood system, and increasing mental and physical capacity.

Types of Ginseng

Ginseng species, genus Panax, family Araliaceae.

Of the eleven species of plants know as ginseng, there are only two true ginseng types, Panax ginseng (Korean ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng).

Other types of ginseng

Siberian ginseng

(eleutherococcus senticosis, pseudo ginseng) is actually not a ginseng. It is another adaptogenic herb with a woody root rather than a fleshy root. Unlike true ginsengs, it contains eleutherosides instead of ginsenosides.

Not from the genus panax. Grown in Russia, China and is native from East Russia to the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Japanese Ginseng (panax japonicum)
Cultivated from seeds that originated from China or Korea.
Said to have less health benefits than Korean ginseng and is generally cheaper.

Notoginseng (panax pseudoginseng)
Hemostatic Herb – Shorten minor bleeding, inhibit infection and inflamation

Dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolium)
Also called Ground Nut.
Similar to American ginseng (panax quinquefolius.
Bears yellow fruit. Has no stems on the leaflets and has a short period above ground before withering in summer.