Ginseng FAQ

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History and Background of Ginseng?

Ginseng has occupied the central position of Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years. It is known as the "King of Herbs" and is included in almost every herbal preparation utilized in Asian medicine. Its Latin name, Panax, comes from the Greek word Panakos, meaning "cure-all."

Ginseng has been defined as an "adaptogen" which is a substance that can biologically increase the body's ability to deal with stress, or enhance its defense mechanism (immune system) against disease.

It is also said that Ginseng is a "normalizer." It is good for both high and low blood pressure. It energizes those suffering from fatigue, and has a calming effect for nervous people. It has even been said that Ginseng may even slow the aging process.

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) was first discovered by French missionaries in 1714. Within fifteen years, New England settlers were gathering the roots of the plant. In 1733, the first Vessel carrying a full load of Ginseng left Boston harbor for China.

The ginseng plant is a slow maturing (3-6 years) perennial. It consists of a single stalk with several branches and leaves. In mid summer, a bouquet of bright seeds which are collected for future gardens. However, it is the root that has restorative value and is harvested in the fall. Once harvested, the root is carefully washed, dried, and processed for the use by the consumer. The Wisconsin climate and soils make it the ideal place for this herb to thrive.

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Why should I use Ginseng?

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) has been known to help relieve adverse effects of stress and fatigue. It has also been considered especially helpful to the immune system in cases of fevers or infectious disease accompanied with a fever.

Ginseng is also well noted for being a mild aphrodisiac and a reputation for improving memory, enhance learning, boosting productivity, increasing physical performance, augmentiing stamina and bolstering the function of the immune system.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed ginseng extract on its GRAS ( Generally Recognized as Safe) list. Ginseng's reputation as a healing herb has made it popular for centuries.

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How should I use Ginseng?

Ginseng can be used in different ways. It can be consumed as a dietary supplement, in the form of a capsule (most common). It can be taken with or without food. Another way of consuming the ginseng is in the form of tea. You can make your own tea with ginseng powder, which is found in our capsules. The capsules will dissolve in water since they have a gelatin coating.

Suggested recipe for ginseng tea:

  • Boil 20 ounces of water, preferably in a non-metallic container such as an enamel pr porcelain pot.
  • Then add 1-3 grams of dry whole root, sliced root powder from the capsules.
  • Reduce the flame and simmer covered for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Allow the resultant tea to cool to desired temperature.
  • Honey can be added for a little extra flavor of sweetness, if desired to make enough for several days, increase the amounts proportionately. The tea can be safely stored in a refrigerator for up to several weeks and reheated if desired, on the stove or in a microwave.

Ginseng can also be used in cooking recipes. Some people use whole roots or sliced roots in their recipes for added flavor.

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Is there a specific way I should store Ginseng?

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30°C (59 and 86°F) in airtight, dry, and light resistant containers. And remember to keep it out of the reach of children.

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How often should I take Ginseng?

We recommend from 1 to 2 grams ( 2-4 capsules) of pure high quality ginseng powder per day. If purchasing dried ginseng root, have roughly 2-8 pieces each day, spread out over the course of the day. A slice of ginseng root should be about the size of a nickel, or a piece around the size of a small nut is best.

When ingesting as a tea one or two cups a day are sufficient. You can also soften the root or root slices in a cup of hot water, and then eat the softened slices with the resulting tea.

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Do you ship to China?

No, we do not ship outside the US. 

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Do you ship to hotels and conference centers?

Yes we do. We have numerous customers that come to the US from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Our customers like to bring ginseng back as gifts for their friends and families.

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How can I slice the roots myself?

All you need to do is steam the roots so they get soft. Then put them in the oven at 350 degrees for just a few minutes. Take them out and slice them right away with a sharp knife. Enjoy!

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What age is the ginseng?

Our ginseng products range from 3-6 years old.

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Do you sell ginseng tea?

We do not sell ginseng tea. However, we recommend that our customers add ginseng powder or slices to hot water and add honey for a sweet taste. Enjoy!

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If I order a large amount of ginseng, can I get an additional discount?

If you plan to order 10 lbs or more of ginseng, please send us an email for a possible additional discount.

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About Imberger

The Imberger Ginseng Farm, Inc. has been in the ginseng business since 1974. We take great pride in our work of providing the highest quality ginseng. After 45+ years in the ginseng business, we still know the meaning of the words “quality” and “value”.  During these 45+ years we have supplied top quality ginseng for our customers.  We offer American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) roots, powder, slices and capsules...All products of the United States. Even though we are a small ginseng business, customer satisfaction is very important to us. We want our customers to be completely satisfied with their purchase. You can rest assured that regardless of which ginseng product you purchase from us, you will be receiving a product of superior quality.