Ginseng, Red Root


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Panax ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family, native to the mountainous, forested region between China and Korea. Ginseng root has been long revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine and throughout other Asian cultures. Considered more stimulating than American ginseng, red ginseng is processed by steaming and drying with the root skin left intact. Whole Asian ginseng roots can be infused as herbal tea and used in extract making.  If simmered for tea, you can dry, store, and reuse numerous times.

A literal translation of “ginseng” from Cantonese means “human root” referring to the root’s resemblance to a person. Panax ginseng has been used for centuries and is considered a revered herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to TCM, ginseng root is a Qi (ch’i) herb tonic working primarily on the meridians of the spleen and stomach.

Red ginseng is left with its skin intact, and then steam treated, imparting the red hue. Some who practice TCM consider the white ginseng to be energetically more “cooling” than red ginseng which is considered “warming”. Regardless, both possess potent adaptogenic qualities and healthful properties according to TCM. Asian ginseng root has also been used in side dishes, soups, teas, and even energy drinks.

My favorite, simple Long-life Elixir is simply to put a whole piece of root in a bottle of brandy.

This Ginseng is responsibly cultivated, not wild, and is grown in the fresh air of ChangBai mountain in Jilin province, China. These treasured roots are collected in five-year growing cycles beneath shaded hoop-houses. They are traditionally harvested in autumn and processed according to strict quality standards.

1 oz dried whole pieces of root

Concurrent use with caffeine and other stimulants is not advised, as overstimulation may occur in susceptible persons. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.


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