14 Aug

Gourmet News Editorial Article

Gourmet News Editorial

Name of interviewee: Robert Kaldunski, President of Ginseng Board of Wisconsin

Company: Ginseng Board of Wisconsin

Call: 715-581-5841  Email: kalbob@airrun.net

Q1: There is ginseng grown in the United States?
Yes! This precious herb is grown in Wisconsin. It is not the same type of ginseng that is grown overseas. It is a different plant strain. For hundreds of years, wild ginseng was grown in Wisconsin and used by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal uses. In the 1800s, Jesuit missionaries visiting Wisconsin recognized it as an herb similar to ginseng grown in China for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). So, they began to export Wisconsin Ginseng to China. Our product was one of the first U.S. agricultural products exported to China.

Q2: What are the advantages of Wisconsin Ginseng?
It is known throughout Asia as the purest, highest quality ginseng. It is a white root with medicinal properties known to relieve stress, increase stamina and increase resistance to common illnesses such as colds. Wisconsin has the ideal climate and mineral-rich soil conditions for growing the perfect ginseng root. When consumers want the best ginseng, they ask for Wisconsin Ginseng, the world’s finest.

Q3: How is Wisconsin Ginseng used in the United States?
It has become popular with cancer patients thanks to a Mayo Clinic research study showing that Wisconsin Ginseng is helpful with increasing energy in cancer patients undergoing treatment that may cause exhaustion. Millions of cancer patients find themselves exhausted completing the most mundane of tasks, and extra sleep doesn’t seem to help. Now, these patients can take Wisconsin Ginseng to help support the quality of their lives.

In a collaborative phase III clinical trial, researchers at the North Central Cancer Treatment Group, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., completed an eight-week study to evaluate the impact of Wisconsin Ginseng on the fatigue levels of cancer patients. They divided 364 patients into two groups; one group received a placebo and the other received 2,000 milligrams of Wisconsin Ginseng each day for two months.

At the start of the study, both groups ranked their fatigue, on average, 40 out of 100. After eight weeks, the group who took Wisconsin Ginseng showed improvements in overall energy levels, reported higher vitality levels and less interference with activity due to fatigue. Participants reported a 20-point increase in energy levels, which is statistically significant.*

*Results of taking Wisconsin Ginseng capsules may vary. Please note these findings were realized through a controlled study. Dietary supplement products are not regulated in the same way as prescription drugs. Ginseng available in stores may be very different than ginseng used in this study. It is extremely important for people to be informed when purchasing over the counter products. There are many online resources to help people become informed about dietary supplements, one is the website for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.