Common Name: Ginseng. Pharmaceutical name: Radix Ginseng. Latin botanical name: Panax ginseng. Europeans call ginseng Mandrake.
Ginseng is the Cantonese pronunciation of Ren Shen. In Chinese, Ren means person or people, and Shen means “the beard of a hairy root plant.” The shape of a ginseng root looks like a person, and with all its hairlike off-shoot roots gives the appearance of being hairy. There are a variety of ginseng plants. Panax ginseng is the true ginseng—of which American Ginseng (西 洋 参, Xi Yang Shen) has become the superior form of Panax ginseng. Ginseng is not only classified as an herb of immortality, but also as a potent aphrodisiac and stimulant. Ginseng is considered the most yang of all roots plants and has for thousands of years been a crucial herb in Chinese medicine.
Main functions of Ginseng in Chinese medicine:
Regulates the central nervous and circulatory systems, improves memory and the immune system, anti-cancer, anti-aging, and improves cognitive performance.
Ginseng stimulates the lung and spleen meridians and tonifies the qi throughout the body.
Recommended daily dosage: 1.5 to 38 grams. Decoct in boiling water and drink as a tea.