PART 2. THE HERBS
While ginseng has been a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, it’s only recently come into vogue in the United States, having been studied for a variety of diseases and conditions ranging from mild to severe. The herb is a major force in strengthening immunity and treating digestive, heart, and nervous system issues, as well as a powerful addition to an anti-aging beauty regimen.
Did You Know?
The English word, ginseng, derives from the Chinese term that means “person” and “plant root.” The root’s characteristic forked shape resembles the legs of a person. The botanical/genus name, panax, means “all-heal” in Greek, sharing the same origin as panacea. Several studies show a link between ginseng and lower cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society.
MEDICINAL: Treats flu, colds, diabetes, depression, anxiety, heart issues, digestive problems, anemia, nerve pain, and fatigue; stops hardening of arteries; triggers metabolism; stabilizes blood sugar, mood, mental health, and insulin levels; lowers cholesterol; boosts immunity; heals erectile dysfunction.
COSMETIC: Stimulates cell turnover and hair growth, evens skin tone, smooths texture, tones, treats under-eye wrinkles and dark circles.
•Eat in foods
•Use in powders, teas
While it’s considered safe and nontoxic, some people experience side effects including nausea, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, rapid heartbeat, and hypertension.
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Locating & Growing
Got 5 to 10 years? That’s how long it takes ginseng to reach maturity before you harvest. Your best bet is to buy older roots—say three to four years old—and plant them in spring. They prefer shade beneath other tree canopies and moist, well-drained soils.