American ginseng is a herbaceous, slow-growing, tender perennial that grows wild in the deciduous forests of the north and central parts of United States and in some regions in Canada. It is a popular herb the root of which is used for making a variety of medicines. It is considered as one of the most precious and miraculous herbs and touted for its amazing health improving qualities. This herb is an erect plant with yellow-green umbrella shaped flowers and red berries. The wrinkles around the root say how old the plant is. Ginseng is very expensive and has been on the endangered species list since mid-70′s.
Where is this herb cultivated?
Years back this perennial herb was grown in abundance and thrived well across the mountainous regions of the United States, especially in the Appalachian and Ozark regions. However on account of improper harvesting and resultant loss of habitat it was listed among the endangered species. Now the state requires special permits and licenses to grow and sell Ginseng, especially if you are growing for commercial harvest. Ginseng grown in Wisconsin is the simply the best American Ginseng. The rich fertile soil and the cool climatic conditions ensure an ideal environment for growing Ginseng.
How is this herb grown?
Generally it takes nearly eight years for this plant to grow under a natural setting. However it can be grown and harvested quickly in a cultivated setting. However the costs involved in providing artificial shade for protecting the plant is considerably high. As ginseng plant is not heat-tolerating in nature you have to choose a cool and shady location preferably a north facing woodland slope. A moist well-drained loamy soil without excessive clay is ideal for the cultivation of Ginseng. Organic material can also be added to the soil. Buy only stratified seeds because they are stored for two years to ensure that they will sprout. Create furrows and spread the seeds using your hand. If you are planting roots, dig a deep furrow and keep the root well immersed in the soil. Water regularly and wait till you can harvest.
How is American Ginseng different from Korean root?
Both American and Korean Ginseng grow in a cool climate and have a light tan color with wrangling roots. The American grown herb cools the body, strengthens the immune system and helps in curing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, Korean ginseng also known as red ginseng improves blood circulation and stabilizes the natural heat of the body. Use of American Ginseng treats diabetes II, heart problems and glucose intolerance. Whereas, Korean Ginseng improves the quality of the life and reduces the outbreak of herpes simplex virus type II. It can also reduce the severity of cold and flu when combined with herb andrographis.
Health benefits of American Ginseng:
- It is a major tonic herb in boosting the energy levels by building up stamina. It energizes the body and stimulates the digestive system.
- It can reduce physical and mental stress, relieve fatigue and soothe the mind.
- It has cold and flu fighting properties and is packed with antioxidants to strengthen the immune system of the body and reduces the bad cholesterol too. Hence it is good for the cardiovascular health of the body.
- It is also effective in curing various respiratory problems like bronchitis and asthma.
- It increases the estrogen level in the body and relieves menopausal symptoms. This herb is also touted to cure impotency by increasing the sperm count.
- It is also effective in lowering the blood sugar levels and thus helps people with diabetes.
Ginseng is one of the most used medicinal herbs in the world. American Ginseng is touted for its astounding health benefits. Scientific research studies and clinical trials have also rightly evidenced it. Yes, Ginseng is indeed a miraculous herb.