Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Ginseng is an ancient herb used by mankind to treat various diseases and for its magnificent health benefits since ancient times but has recently gained worldwide popularity. Panax Ginseng, the scientific name of Korean ginseng is derived from the Greek language meaning “cure-all”. In Chinese, it is called rénshēn (simplified: 人参; traditional: 人蔘), literally meaning “the essence of the earth in the shape of a man" because of its close resemblance with the human body. This resemblance appears to be the reason that traditional herbalists considered ginseng as a full body treatment. Benefits of ginseng are in-numerous and will be discussed soon.
Early history of Ginseng
Ginseng was discovered in the mountains of Northern China (Manchuria) over five thousand years ago when it was first used as an oriental herb.
Since then Ginseng has been in high demand in China and Korean making it one of the most expensive herbs. At one time, Emperors were willing to pay its weight in gold for this divine herb. The use of Ginseng was reserved for royalty only and if non-royalty was caught, punishment could be as severe as death.