Aka: Xi Yang Shen
Traditional Chinese medicine classifies American Ginseng as yin, which is cooling, soothing and restoring. It is ideal for those who are very active and lead stressed lives, and need a strong energy boost.
American ginseng is highly praised by Asians and Americans alike for its therapeutic properties, which include: providing energy and preventing fatigue, improving cognitive function, its anti-inflammatory effects, and that it may help men who have erectile dysfunction.
We offer high-quality eight-year whole roots, which are sold by the pound or half-pound.
If you are trying to compare the different roots that we offer on our site—Korean and American grown ginseng vs the Jilin roots—for strength, power, and energy enhancement ability, then let us repeat something we’ve mentioned before:
Guidelines for Choosing Cultivated Ginseng
After trying Ginseng in a variety of different forms we have found, the first thing you need to know is the source of the root, or where it was grown. North Korean Ginseng, which is somewhat scarce and quite expensive, is considered some of the best. This is followed by South Korean Red Ginseng which can also be somewhat expensive, but as quality declines becomes more affordable. Then there is Chinese Kirin, which is readily available and cheaper but less potent than Korean Ginseng. And finally American Ginseng, which is normally cheaper and less stimulating than Asian Ginseng.
We will provide complete step-by-step processing instructions when your order is fulfilled, in the meantime you might want to read:
After purchasing the raw Ginseng root you have two options. You may either make a medicinal wine, which is the preferred method for many Ginseng connoisseurs, or a decoction. Detailed instructions for making medicinal wine may be found by clicking on methods of preparation. For those of you who prefer decocting their Ginseng, we strongly recommend you consider using what is known as a “Ginseng cooker.”
Ginseng cookers are a way of preparing Ginseng tea that conserves the subtle properties of the root. This traditional method involves the use of a double boiler, which is known to produce a more robust, full- bodied and potent brew. When Ginseng is prepared in this manner, many of the essential nutrients of the Ginseng, which normally dissipate in steam, are preserved. An added benefit of this method is that because the tea remains below the boiling point, photo-nutrients are retained that would otherwise be lost by boiling.
Detailed instructions for preparing Ginseng in a Ginseng cooker can be found by clicking on the “Herb Processing Instructions” link in the below section of this website.
These roots can be used to prepare a medicinal wine (aged in alcohol), or brewed into tea or cooked in a ginseng cooker. We will provide complete step-by-step processing instructions when your order is fulfilled.
Can these roots be sliced? Normally, the answer to that question is yes; however, considering the cost and quality of these American ginseng roots most prefer to see the roots. For those of you who prefer it sliced we can do that on request... so let us know your preference at checkout (in the comments section of the checkout form).
Pinyin name: Ren Shen
Literal Name: man’s plant, or man root
Aka: xi yang shen, gui gai, yi shan shen, chao xian shen, ren xian
Source: Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing
English name: ginseng, ginseng root
Botanical name: Panax ginseng
Pharmaceutical name: radix ginseng
Properties: sweet, slightly bitter, slightly warm
Channels entered: lung, spleen
Chinese therapeutic actions: greatly tonifies yuan (source) Chi, tonifies the spleen, tonifies the lung, promotes generation of body fluids, relieves thirst, calms the shen (spirit), improves mental function, tonifies the Chi and blood, treats impotence, tonifies Chi in deficiency patients with exterior conditions
This herb is available by the pound or half-pound in either raw or powdered form.