The History & Lore of Ginseng

The History & Lore of Ginseng

Royal Root

More precious than gold to ancient Chinese emperors, historical records indicate that Panax ginseng has been in use by royals since long before the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Treasured and revered for its almost mythical power to bring health, virility and long life, its use was forbidden to all but royalty – sometimes by penalty of death.

Traditional Uses

Long before scientists began to study ginseng, the traditional healers and herbalists of China study and recorded the effects of using Panax ginseng. Ancient medical texts describe ginseng in nearly magical terms. These records refer to ginseng in this way: “Ginseng calms the mind,brings harmony to the soul, eliminates fears, and drives away evil spirits. It also makes the eyes shine, opens the heart, and clarifies thinking. If taken long enough, it strengthens the body and extends life.” Panax ginseng’s historical role as an aphrodisiac is still greatly appreciated today.

Most Famous Herb

Looking very much like the form of a human body, it is no wonder that the Chinese name for ginseng is “ren-shen” which roughly translated means “man-root.”  This remarkably beautiful and unique plant has long been distinguished as China’s most famous herb. With more than 11,000 different herbs recorded for use in traditional Chinese herbal medicine, ginseng was and still is considered the “king” of all Chinese herbs.

How Panax got its Name

Linnaeus, the father of modern botany, assigned the genus name “Panax” (a Greek word  translated as “all-heal”) to Chinese  ginseng because he was well aware of its vast and varied use in Chinese herbalism.

Natures's Timeless Tonic

Some traditions are just too perfect to change.  Like taking ginseng.

For literally thousands of years Panax ginseng use has been a foundation of Chinese health care traditions. In recent years, this prized herb has made its way to the Western world where its role as a timeless tonic continues.

The word tonic originates from a Greek word meaning “stretch.” Indeed, a true tonic, such as Panax ginseng stretches, tones, strengthens, and invigorates the body’s natural healing system the way physical exercise tones muscles.

It is still revered today, all around the world,  for its seemingly endless power to make and keep us well.

All of us.  Body ~ Mind ~ Spirit


Ginseng. For the Whole Person

Traditional Chinese Herbal practitioners understand and respect the importance of supporting the health of the whole person. In Chinese and other holistic approaches to health care, there is no distinct separation of body, mind and spirit. They are inseparably linked together. This connectedness means that the health of one aspect affects the health of the whole. Panax ginseng is renowned and revered for its ability to provide a continuous, all-systems tune-up for the whole person. This ancient elixir, once only available to the most wealthy and powerful, is a timeless tonic treasured for its gift of energy, health and longevity.


The Great Adaptogen

Adapting to the many changes in life with minimal stress response is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves.  At the same time that ginseng adapts to serve our particular health needs, it is helping us to adapt to the physical, mental and emotional stresses of our daily lives. It does this by regulating and modulating our body’s internal response mechanisms. The adaptogens in ginseng also support immune health, enabling us to overcome challenges to our immune system. These adaptogenic agents are powerful, yet gentle, internal and multi-system regulators that function to bring the body into a state of balance. This natural balancing process allows and encourages health restoration and well being.

Mother Nature's "Panacea"

Panax ginseng is many things to many people. It is an energizer, a health supporter, occasional stress reducer, a brain tonic and much more. How can taking this universal herbal supplement satisfy the diverse health needs of so many different people?  Some of the answer to this question lie simply in better understanding the nature of Panax ginseng.  In fact, the very word Panax originates from the Greek word “panacea” and refers to ginseng’s supportive role for all health problems. Ginseng’s well-earned reputation comes from both its historical, empirical evidence and its scientifically keep studies on file verified adaptogenic qualities. Panax ginseng has been shown to literally adapt to the individual’s health needs.

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