There are many kinds of ginseng in the market and our customers tend to ask us about them and the functions. To facilitate everyone, I have summarized some basic pointers.

The first thing my customers will ask is what ginseng are you selling. Then they will start thinking, and maybe confused by the type of ginseng and what they are used for.

Solving the most basic question is:

CHINESE GINSENG VS WESTERN GINSENG

人参 西洋参
CHINESE Renshen (Man’s Plant) Xiyangshen (Western Ginseng)
RE 0055 1713
COMMON NAME Ginseng Western Ginseng
FAMILY Araliaceae Araliaceae
CHINESE NAME Man’s plant (so named because the roots of this plant resemble the shape of a man) Western Ginseng
SCIENTIFIC NAME Panax Ginseng C A Mey Panax Quinquefolium Linne
PHARMACEUTICAL NAME Radix Ginseng Radix Panacis Quinquefolii
PART USED Root Root
DOSAGE 5g 8g
FLAVOR Sweet and slightly bitter Bitter and sweet
ENERGY Warm Cool
CLASS 16, herbs to correct deficiencies 16, herbs to correct deficiencies
MERIDIANS Spleens and lungs Lungs and stomach
ACTIONS To tone up original energy drastically, fix prolapse, produce fluids, secure spirit and benefit brain To tone up the lungs, benefit energy, nourish stomach, produce fluids and clear up heat
INDICATIONS Weakness after chronic illness, vaginal bleeding, diabetes, prolapse, palpitations and forgetfulness Yin deficiency with internal heat, thirst, cough and voice loss
NOTES Experiments have shown that renshen is an effective heart tonic and anti-shock herb. It can increase red blood cells and produce adrenocortical hormones, sex hormones and excitation, as well as reduce blood sugar and blood fat.

CHINESE GINSENG, RENSHEN (RADIX GINSENG)

There are three basic varieties of renshen (radix ginseng):

  • Wild ginseng, which is found in the mountains in the northeastern Chinese provinces, notably Jilin and Heilongjiang
  • Red ginseng, which is cultivated ginseng that has been steamed to become red
  • Korean ginseng, which is produced in Korea and processed with medicinal plants

Questions that come after all these explanation will be: Is this and that ginseng warm or cool? Can I take this ginseng?

Let me do a quick summary on this too:

Wild ginseng

  • tastes sweet and slightly bitter and warm
  • It is most frequently used as a single ingredient to drastically tonify energy, tonify the lungs and the spleen, benefit yin, produce fluids and secure the spirits
  • it is also used as first-aid treatment for prolapse caused by severe bleeding

Red ginseng

  • has the same properties as wild ginseng
  • but is weaker in its effects

Korean ginseng

  • is warmer
  • can tonify yang effectively

Chinese ginseng (radix ginseng) can tonify energy more effectively than Western ginseng (radix panacis quinquefolii), which is why in treating symptoms of prolapse, Chinese ginseng can be applied all by itself.

Western ginseng is cool in energy and can produce fluids; it is most appropriate for patients with high fever and energy deficiency simultaneously.

CLASS OF HERBS TO CORRECT DEFICIENCIES

Lastly let me touch on the class of herbs to correct deficiencies. This class of herbs plays a fundamental role in Chinese medicine and its major function is to make the body stronger.

In the terminology of Western medicine, this class of herbs could be called the class of herbs to enhance the body’s immune function, but there is a basic difference between the Chinese and the Western approaches in this connection.

Western scientists believe that if something can enhance the body’s immune function, it must be good for everybody, but it is maintained in Chinese medicine that the body can be strengthened only in accordance with the nature of its weaknesses.

A person may be strong in certain respects and weak in others, and it is essential to determine exactly what the weak aspects are of each individual before this class of herbs can be used effectively.

In Chinese medicine, when a person has a weakness, it is called a “deficiency”. There are four types of deficiencies

  • energy deficiency, which means low energy
  • yang deficiency, which means weak kidneys in general and low sexual capacity in particular
  • blood deficiency, which means either shortage or poor quality of blood
  • yin deficiency, which means shortage of body fluids

This class of herbs is divided into four subclasses based on the four types of deficiency.

CHINESE GINSENG belongs to the subclass of herbs which treat energy deficiency. They are called energy tonics. Herbs for treating energy deficiency are effective for:

  1. shortness of breath
  2. asthma
  3. fatigue
  4. low body weight
  5. poor appetite
  6. indigestion
  7. diarrhea
  8. abdominal swelling
  9. puffiness
  10. prolapse of the uterus and the anus
  11. prolapse of the stomach

This summary helps my colleagues and some of my new promoters to understand more about ginseng. Hope this can benefit you as well.

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Anndy Lian

Chief Marketing Officer

Scientific Tradition Pte Ltd

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References:

  1. Chinese Natural Cures Dr Henry C.Lu
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginseng
  3. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262982.php
  4. http://www.drugs.com/cdi/ginseng.html
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