There are two types of ginseng
Often both types are taken for a health balancing effect.
Ginseng is a key ingredient
used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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Ginseng is a key ingredient used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also widely used in Western cultures a dietary supplement and botanical element.
There are two types of ginseng. Often both types are taken for a health balancing effect. Consumers take American ginseng for a cooling effect and Asian ginseng for a heating effect.
Types of Ginseng
Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng)
This ginseng is white root and generally used to cool the body. It is an adaptogen (a substance that helps the body adapt to stress) that cools and soothes. American ginseng is produced in Wisconsin
Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng)
This warms the body. This root is red and is typically grown in China and Korea. It is used to increase stimulation and warm the body.
Note: although the name might indicate otherwise, Siberian ginseng is technically not a species of ginseng.
The Yin and Yang of It
According to Chinese philosophy, the universe is said to be composed of Yin and Yang, or opposites. The balance of opposites determines the order of the universe. This concept of opposing natural forces is widespread among philosophers in Chinese history.
Yin and Yang requires bodily functions, such as blood pressure, blood sugar, and energy to be in balance. Wisconsin American Ginseng represents the Yin for the body; it has a cooling effect. The Yang is represented by Asian ginseng with its heating effect.
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