American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) is an herbaceous perennial plant that is known to be the best ginseng in the world due to the high levels of ginsenoside (the active component in ginseng). The climate and soils make it the ideal place for this herb to thrive. 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. Imberger Ginseng Farm has been in the business since 1974 and continue to offer roots, slices, powder and capsules.
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.
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 Oriental medicine. Its Latin name, Panax, comes from the Greek word Panakos, meaning "cure-all."
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.
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.