Specializing in woodsgrown roots
Ginseng has a long history of medicinal use by the Chinese due to its energizing and revitalizing effects on the human body. There are two major species of true ginseng:
v Asian ginseng (Panax) which is believed to have a hot effect, stimulating energy
v North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) which is considered to have a cooling or calming effect.
The name Panax is derived from the Greek word for panacea meaning all healing. Ginseng is often referred to as an adaptogen, a substance that produces a normalizing effect on the body. For example, it can either lead to an increase or decrease in blood sugar levels depending upon what an individual needs.
Panax quinquefolius (referring to leaves with five leaflets) grows in rich, cool soils of woodland areas in Eastern North America from Quebec to Georgia. Our farm was deliberately situated within the natural habitat of wild panax quinquefolius to maximize the wild properties of our woodsgrown roots.
Ginseng is taken primarily by individuals 35 years and older. The most commonly recommended dosage is 1/10 to 1/5 ounce of dried root per day. The older the root, the higher the concentration of ginsenosides and the lower the dosage required. Roots can be chewed, chopped and steeped in hot water for tea, or sliced and added to soups and salads. Ginseng should be avoided during pregnancy or when breast feeding and in combination with coffee.
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