ginsenosides are detectable in most young roots, the content more than doubles after 6 years of growth. High-quality ginseng generally is collected in the fall after 5 to 6 years of growth.
What is it used for?
Ginseng is perhaps the most widely recognized plant used in traditional medicine and now plays a major role in herbal health care. For more than 2,000 years, various forms have been used in medicine. The name Panax derives from the Greek word for “all healing”. Ginseng root’s man-shaped figure (shen-seng means “man-root”) led proponents of the doctrine of signatures, an ancient philosophy, to believe that the root could strengthen any part of the body. Through the ages, the root has been used in the treatment of loss of strength, hardened arteries, blood and bleeding disorders, and colitis, and to relieve the symptoms of aging, cancer, and senility.
Ginseng is widely used for its antistress, anticancer, immune system modulation, cardiovascular, CNS, and hormonal effects, and for improvement of athletic performance, but these uses have not been confirmed by clinical trials.