Take a look at this short video made on a ginseng farm in Ontario, Canada. As herbal remedies grow in popularity, it's nice to get a little background information about exactly how some of the most famous, such as ginseng, are grown.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginseng is commonly used as an energy builder, a sleep aid, an immune fighter and even for stress relief. Ginseng's many uses are explained by the term, adaptogenic. This herb is able to adapt in one's body to what is needed.
The laboratory studies done on ginseng show the roots contain active ingredients called ginsenosides which are polysaccharides. These chains of large sugar molecules can stimulate the body’s immune system along with 30 or 40 ginsenoside chemicals. It would take several blogs to do justice to all the incredible information on ginseng. Many use ginseng for libido support, others for brain support. Yet recent studies have found it stimulates enzymes that prevent the storage of lipids in the tissues. This is great news to help prevent the insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. Other studies have shown how it helps reduce blood pressure in patients with Type 2 diabetes.
The quality and chemical makeup of different ginseng can vary from plant to plant. It's always important to know the source of any ginseng product your planning on using. The potency and therefore effectiveness will vary greatly. Often the best ginseng in the world is sold in Asia because it often commands a greater price than in the U.S. or Canada even though American ginseng is grown in Wisconsin. (more here on Wisconsin ginseng).
Our premium ginseng granules are bought direct from the largest producer of Chinese herbs and are considered one of the most tested and pure products available. Prices for ginseng have been steadily creeping upward as more people become aware of all the benefits of this incredible Chinese herb.