About American Ginseng from Wisconsin
What is American ginseng?
Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial plant belonging to the genus Panax. The genus name Panax comes from the Greek pan, all, and akos, cure; or panakes: all healing-- referring to the medicinal properties of the ginseng plant.
Panacea was a goddess in Greek mythology who could heal all diseases, and who found a remedy for maintaining good health.
What is ginseng good for?
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), today considered a vegan gluten-free 'Super Food', is traditionally used to increase energy, for stress relief, to enhance the immune system and to increase endurance. It is classified as an adaptogen, as such, the consumption of American ginseng is believed to stabilize body functions by increasing the efficiency of physiological processes. In order words, it tunes organs, bringing them back in sync, and allows better absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins.
Mayo Clinic has conducted a study with pure American ginseng grown in Wisconsin to fight fatigue in cancer patients. Please click here to read more about this study.
How do I use ginseng?
Ginseng can be enjoyed and used in various forms. The convenience of capsules makes it the most popular form in the Western countries, but it can also be consumed as an extract, by infusion as ginseng tea, as preparation from powder and sliced or directly as the whole root.
American ginseng tea is one of the most popular and versatile ginseng products. It can be prepared from readymade tea bags or powder and can either be consumed hot or iced. Adding honey or maple syrup is a great natural way to sweeten ginseng tea. Powders can also be used for baking or cooking. Sliced ginseng can be eaten at any time of the day for a quick boost of energy. Many people enjoy snacking on the whole root.
In traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng beverages are considered a yin (cool) tonic, meant for those who are of a yang (warm) in nature. However, it is a general tonic for all sexes and ages, for all seasons, and for long-term use.
Why makes Wisconsin ginseng special?
Wisconsin American Ginseng
Wild American ginseng is generally found in north-eastern areas of the USA, mainly on the Appalachian Mountains, which stretch from Belle Isle (Newfoundland and Labrador) in Canada to Cheaha Mountain in Alabama. Cultivation is done in many states, such as Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and many others. Today, Wisconsin ginseng farms account for 95% of the total cultivated ginseng production of the United States, with approximately 85% of it exported overseas. American ginseng roots grown in Wisconsin contains a very high level of ginsenosides, the active ingredient in ginseng, compared to American ginseng grown elsewhere. That is what makes Wisconsin ginseng special. That is also the reason why "Product of Wisconsin" is so popular and often misused by unethical merchants.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.