Benefits of Canadian Ginseng
Ginseng was discovered more than 5,000 years ago in the mountain provinces of Manchuria. It was first used as food and later for its strength-giving and rejuvenating properties. In Asian medicine, ginseng has been used for over 2,000 years to replenish energy, build resistance, reduce susceptibility to illness and promote health and longevity.
North American Ginseng was an important medicine for the people of the First Nations. They have used American Ginseng for a wide range of medicinal purposes and as a cure-all when other treatments failed. Since the 18th century, North American Ginseng has been primarily exported to Asia where it is highly valued for its perceived superior quality and sweeter taste.
North American and Asian Ginseng differ in their chemical composition and each appears to have distinct biological effects. From a traditional medicine point of view, these two types of ginsengs are thought to be complementary. For example, the Chinese perceive North American Ginseng to be more yin – meaning it is used to reduce ‘heat’ in the body. In comparison, Asian Ginseng is thought to be more yang – meaning it is used to raise ‘heat’ in the body. Heat, in the context of traditional Chinese medicine, does not have the same connotation as it does in North America.
Ginseng is often grown in heavily wooded areas and required rich soil to flourish. Ginseng takes several years to mature, with most roots refined when the plant is between 3-5 years old. After harvested, the roots are cleaned, dried, and selected, and then they are ready for the market.