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What is Ginseng
About Ginseng
Ginseng is effective for keeping stress out of one’s body, promoting cell regeneration by increasing oxygenation to the cells, revitalizing circulation, balancing and toning the skin, and detoxifying the whole body. It works on the whole person by helping maintain harmony within the body. Ginseng is used mainly by people of the South East Asian Pacific Rim countries, although it is gaining some popularity in North American and in other countries. The use of Asian Ginseng goes back more than 3,000 years in China where it is considered the most important herb in their traditional medicine. There are two distinct types of ginseng grown in the world, North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium L.), which is native to Canada and USA, and Asian ginseng (Panax C.A. Meyer), which is native to North China and Korea. The active ingredients of the ginseng plant are known as Ginsenosides. They have been identified as the main substances that give ginseng its unique properties. The claim, that North American ginseng has a cooling quality on the body versus a heating quality for Asian ginseng. In Chinese traditions, Asian Ginseng represents Yang while North American represents Yin.
History of Ginseng
In the year of 1702, a French Jesuit priest, Father Jartoux, was in Manchuria, a province of China when he observed the Chinese use of ginseng. In his writings he described the wonder plant in sufficient detail to fascinate another Jesuit priest, Father Lafitau. Father Lafitau, working among the Indians in Canada, deduced that since the climate in Canada was similar to Manchuria, that he might be able to find the same plant growing there. In 1716, with the assistance of Native Indian, Father Lafitau found wild North American Ginseng near Montreal Canada. Having soon realized the value of ginseng to the Chinese, the French paid Canadian Indians to dig all they could find and ship to China. This discovery sparked a “ginseng rush” between Canada and China. The trade soon crossed over the border into the States. In 1880’s, as wild ginseng was already becoming scarce, ginseng cultivation was encouraged. Mr. George Station in New York is generally recognized as the first ginseng commercial grower in North America. Wisconsin State is the main growing area in The United States. In 1976, Ontario of Canada started its first North American Ginseng cultivation. In the fall of 1982, the first commercial planting of North American Ginseng was started in British Columbia Canada. The climate in Kamloops makes for perfect conditions to grow American Ginseng. Our ginseng is grown on the fertile soils of the Kamloops Valley. This unique agricultural region couples with both the perfect climate and the most meticulous agricultural practices help us to produce only the best quality ginseng root. The ginseng product is shipped worldwide to Canadian, North American, European and Asian market. Majestic Ginseng Products are grown and manufactured right here in Kamloops, so come and take a free tour of the processing facility and learn all about the amazing natural root which is used to help de-stress and keep your body in top condition
How We Grow Ginseng
Ginseng’s Life Cycle
Seeding:
Seeds are picked when the ginseng berries are red and then placed in jute sacks, laid on the ground and keep them moist for 5-10 days. After berries are being fermented, use depulper or spray gun to separate the seed from the pulp. The depulper seeds then mixed with clean sand and go into a stratification box and be buried in the ground for 18-22 months for stratification. Only the stratified and cleaned seeds are ready for seeding
Mulching and Bed Formation:
American Ginseng is a fleshy rooted, herbaceous, perennial. Its natural habitat is deciduous forests of North America. Under ginseng cultivation, the plant is grown under a shaded canopy on a good loamy soil site. A mature plant has whorled leaves with 5 leaflets.
Ginseng Plant’s Characteristics
First Year Plant
From seed the plant produces a single 3 leaflet leaf in the first year. This leaf and leaf petiole will be 5 to 10 cm high. There is no seed production in the first year. The root will generally be less than 1 gm after the first growing season
Second Year Pant
The second year’s growth will produce a 15 to 20 cm plant consisting of 1 aerial stem with 2 leaves on leaf petioles, each with 3 or 5 leaflets.
Third Year Plant
In its third year the plant will consist of one aerial stem, 25 to 35 cm high, with a whorl of 3 leaves of 5 leaflets each, each attached to the node by a petiole.
Fourth Year Plant
The fourth year of growth will produce a 40 to 60 cm plant of one or more aerial stems, each generally having a whorl of 4 leaves of 5 leaflets each.
Harvesting Ginseng
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Harvesting

The methods for harvesting, the berries and roots are very labor intensive. In the fall, the berries are hand picked while the roots are dug by machinery, after that they are manually collected for washing.

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Washing

The roots are then washed with high-pressure washer or tunnel-like special washer.

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Drying

After washed the roots will be laid on trays and placed in specialized dryers for about 14-18 days.

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Packaging

The dried roots will be graded and then packaged in drums or waxed boxes for sale.

What is Ginseng Good for
Ginseng is commonly known as an adaptogen (restorative agent). It meets the three requirements for an adaptongen:
Ginseng is non-toxic; it has no side effects; it doesn’t create any disorder in the physiological functions of the organism.
The action of Ginseng is non-local or non-specific.
Ginseng is a regulator, possessing a normalizing effect, as it regulates the normal functions of the organism. (eg. Regulating of high and low blood pressure)
As a Tonic
The Chinese use ginseng as a long-term restorative (Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries). It is recommended during convalescence from disease, to relieve fatigue and to remove feeling of being off color. North American Ginseng is also a preventative, bolstering the body’s resistance to illness.
Regulating Blood Pressure
Dr. David Kwan, formerly of McMaster University, has been study N.A. Ginseng’s ability to lower blood pressure through a gentle mechanism known as the regulation of intracellular calcium; The Chinese always include ginseng in medicines for those suffering with heart disease.
Anti-Diabetic
There is research being conducted and some evidence suggesting that N.A. Ginseng can adjust blood sugar levels. It may be taken by diabetics and improvement in blood sugar level can be taken into account in the long-term management of the disease.
Menopause
Menopause is necessary, but side-effects are not and can be reduced or even prevented. Despite ginseng’s traditionally masculine mythology, ginseng is as useful for women as for men. Ginseng acts to improve hormone regulation, rejuvenating the system and aids in regulating hot flashes.
Calming Effects
N.A. Ginseng taken regularly may assist in coping with the stresses and strains of life. It may also help the body to resist the harmful long-term effects of stress, which can produce damage to the blood and digestive systems. If ginseng improves the efficiency of nerve and hormone messenger systems, then one might expect a greater co-ordination in the defense forces of the body.
Anti-Fatigue
In a study conducted by Dr. Robert Goode at the University of Toronto, individuals who consumed N.A. Ginseng spent less energy and where not as physically taxed after performing treadmill tasks as the group who did not consume ginseng. These results point to American Ginseng’s ability to cure fatigue and relieving fatigue is a major goal of stress reduction.
Mental Effects
Ginseng has been recommended for depression and insomnia as it has been documented repeatedly by users that it raises spirits and improves outlook on life, especially among the elderly. Its general tonic effects may also include assisting memory, concentration, and alertness and improve learning ability. In addition, ginseng has been shown to benefit mental functions, feelings of calmness and mood in both healthy people and those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Aging Gracefully
There is nothing in the West to equal ginseng for its gerontological use. As part of the aging process we become more vulnerable, suffer from stress related conditions, and are colder, more easily tired, and more sluggish in our metabolism and the removal of toxins. N.A. Ginseng is recommended unreservedly by the Chinese for the elderly. From a number of studies in Europe and from ongoing studies at the University of Alberta by Dr. Larry Wang, it appears that N.A. Ginseng plays an important part in slowing the decline of mental abilities (memory), and in improving mood, concentration and co-ordination. Scientific research with the elderly has confirmed that N.A. Ginseng can increase vitality and energy is the key to an active and healthy life.
News Release
Monday April 10, 2000, New York, (Reuters Health)
Taking the herb ginseng blunts the increase in blood sugar that happens after eating a meal, according to a report. The herb may one day be used along with conventional drugs to control diabetes and in fact, may be helpful in preventing the condition, researchers suggest. To see how ginseng affects blood sugar levels in humans, Dr. Vladimir Vuksan and colleagues at the University of Toronto in Canada tested the effects of one variety of the herb-North American Ginseng on 10 non-diabetic adults and 9 adults with type 2 diabetes. This form of diabetes occurs when the body develops a resistance to insulin-the hormone that regulates the level of sugar in the blood. On four separate occasions, each person took North American Ginseng either 40 minutes before a meal or during the meal or a placebo pill that did not contain any herbs before or during the meal. After eating, sugar levels in the blood were measured every 15-30 minutes for up to two hours. Compared with the placebo, ginseng significantly lowered blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, whether they took the herb before or during the meal. Dr. Vuksan’s team writes in the April 10, 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine: in people without diabetes, ginseng only lowered blood sugar level when taken 40 minutes before the meal. “We are certainly, very, very excited about the result,” Dr. Vuksan told Reuters Health. He also reported that he and his colleagues plan to announce the results of a long-term study of ginseng at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San Antonio in June. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2000 160:1009-1013 Dr. Weil of the United States on his internet site “Ask Dr. Weil” says: The study conducted by Dr. Vuksan showed that taking three grams of North American Ginseng with meals can lower blood sugar by 20 percent. Researchers suggest that ginseng may have slowed digestion and therefore decreased the rate of carbohydrate absorption into the bloodstream; they also think ginseng may modulate insulin secretion. * This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is intended to provide medical advice on personal health matters which should be obtained from an appropriate health care practitioner. *
Ginseng Recipe
Prevention and Improvement of Asthma, Dry Cough, and Chronic Cough
Using 20 pieces of ginseng slices, a pear, and a few rock candies, stew in an electric cooker or slow cooker for an hour.
Prevention and Heart Disease and Strengthening of the Heart, and Reducing Cholesterols
Using 20 pieces of ginseng slices, pig heart or ribs, stew in an electric cooker or slow cooker for an hour.
Prevention and Improvement of Dark Eye Circles, Insomnia, and Psychasthenia.
Using 20 pieces of ginseng slices, half cup of rice and goji berries, cooing in rice cooker to make porridge.
Relieve Summer Heart
Using 20 pieces of ginseng slices, 100g lotus roots, loofah, salt and water, stew in an electric cooker or slow cooker until the lotus roots become tender.
For Prevention and Regulation Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Incontinence.
Routine care: take one spoon (1g) ginseng powder in the morning before breakfast or take one spoon in the evening before sleep.
Regulation: take two spoons (2g) ginseng powder in the morning before breakfast or take two spoons in the evening before sleep.
Skin care (Whitening and Anti-Aging Skin Cells)
Using one spoon of ginseng powder (1g), two teaspoons of yogurt, and a few drops of lemon juicy, stirring and gently apply to face evenly, leave on for 15 mins, and rinse with warm water
Using one spoon of ginseng powder (1g), and one teaspoons of honey, stirring and gently apply to face evenly, leave it on for 15 mins. and rinse with warm water
Clinical Experience
Improvement of the gastric ulcers: Improvement of the gastric ulcers: mix up one spoon of ginseng powder, one teaspoon of coptis chinensis, and egg white. Take it for at least one week.
Improvement of asthma, bronchitis, and chronic cough: using two spoons of ginseng powder, two or three spoons of condensed milk, and an egg yolk. Stirring in a cup of hot water (250-300cc). Take it regularly to improve conditions.
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