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  • Ginseng refers to species within Panax, a genus of 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, in the family Araliaceae.
  • They grow in the Northern Hemisphere in eastern Asia (mostly northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia), typically in cooler climates; Panax vietnamensis, discovered in Vietnam, is the southernmost ginseng found.
  •  It is another adaptogen, but a different plant that was renamed as "Siberian ginseng" as a marketing ploy; instead of a fleshy root, it has a woody root; instead of ginsenosides, eleutherosides

Plant Growth

  • Ginseng will grow under a wide range of soil pHs but does best on slightly acidic (pH of between 5.6 to 5.8) soils.
  • The top growth of the plant dies down over the winter months the underground root continues to enlarge each year.
  • The small seeds produce a leaf stalk possessing three leaves arranged palmately .The seeds germinate and start growth in early April.


  • It is used to reduce the effects of stress, improve performance, boost energy levels, enhance memory, and stimulate the immune system.
  • Ginseng contains vitamins A, B-6 and the mineral Zinc, which aids in the production of thymic hormones, necessary for the functioning of the defense system.
  • Ginseng helps to maintain excellent body functions. Siberian ginseng has been shown to increase energy, stamina, and help the body resist viral infections and environmental toxins.


  • U.S. value-added packaged ginseng products exported to China must obtain import approval either as a health food or as a medicine from the Ministry of Public Health.
  • American ginseng is mainly consumed in South and East China in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian and Guangdong Provinces.
  • Between 1983 and 1987 more than 86% of the North American ginseng crop was marketed in Hong Kong with most of the crop then being exported to China.
  • Intensive production of American ginseng using artificial shade results in average crop yields of approximately 2.5 t/ha after three to four years.

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