Panax Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial, native to mountainous regions of Eastern Asia including Russia, Korea, and China. It grows in partial or full shade and prefers moist soil. It grows to about 2.5 feet tall and 2.5 feet around. Panax Ginseng plants produce a cluster of bright red berries near the tops of the plants. Panax Ginseng root can be used either fresh or dried. Used fresh, it is often chewed for a while before swallowing, Dried it is often used in teas and tinctures. There is often a stimulating effect on the body and so has been used by men in asia suffering from erectile dysfunction. It is also thought to help with cognition and concentration.
History and Folklore:
Panax Ginseng was discovered in the mountains of China about 5000 years ago. The effects from taking the herb made it very popular. Trade with countries like Korea was originally established partly on the basis of obtaining more. Koreans started growing the herb commercially when the demand in China was so great that Chinese growers could not supply enough. Chinese medicine says that a plant that resembles a human body part will be helpful to that body part. The fact that the Panax Ginseng root looks like an entire human body leads to the belief that it is good for the whole body.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Any species of Ginseng, including Panax Ginseng, should be left to grow naturally for 4 to 5 years before harvesting the root. The root should be harvested in the late summer of the 5th year. The root can be shredded and dried for use in teas and tinctures.
Do not take while pregnant or nursing. Can increase heart rate and blood pressure. Can cause difficulty falling asleep.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Adaptogen, general stimulant & tonic, analgesic,demulcent, male tonic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, antispasmodic
Asian Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, Korean Ginseng
Ingredients: Hops Panax Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
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