|Ginseng root is native to eastern Asia and North America, and has been in use as a folk medicine and tonic amongst the people of China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Manchuria, as well as amongst Native Americans, for untold thousands of years. Frequently used as a potent preventative rather than a curative, it has also demonstrated tremendous therapeutic benefits for a wide number of conditions. If take regularly it increases vitality, and can extend your life span.
A perennial plant, ginseng is often found in heavily wooded areas and require rich soil to thrive. Ginseng takes several years to mature, with most roots harvested when the plant is between 3-5 years old. After harvested, the roots are cleaned, dried, and selected, then they are ready for the market.
The plant itself is very attractive, with well shaped green leaves and bright red berries; however it is only the root that has any medical value. It's original name means Man Root, due to the shape of the ginseng root which strongly resembles the form of a human body.
Ginseng is a member of the Araliacae family.