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.
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.
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:
Ginseng can also be used in cooking recipes. Some people use whole roots or sliced roots in their recipes for added flavor.
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.
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.
No, we do not ship outside the US.
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.
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!
Our ginseng products range from 3-6 years old.
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!
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.