Ginseng has long been reveled by the Chinese for its unique properties of ginsenocides and adaptogens. Wild American ginseng has been used by Native Americans and is now quite sought after in the Asian market, as it is the Yin to the Chinese or Korean Ginseng, the Yang. Wild American ginseng can be found growing naturally in shaded woods and forests. Most state's digging seasons begin in September and end in December providing the Asian market with a supply in the following months. All Wild Woods Ginseng has been found naturally in the wild and is accompanied by state certification papers.
There is much research on the web regarding the health benefits of wild American ginseng, with the newest being Type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. Ginseng is also known for promoting energy and increasing testosterone in men. While we cannot offer medical advice and advise one check with a medical professional before beginning any new regimen, we can offer general guidelines that have been past down through the generations.
It has been said that adults can take anywhere from 1/2 to 2 grams daily, which equates to anywhere between a slice of root to the entire root per day. Many prefer to chew the root or slice to maximize benefits while others use in tea, coffee or soups. One may even store root slices in honey to assist in counteracting the bitter taste of the ginseng. Once a root is sliced, the remaining slices should be stored in the refridgerator in a sealed container or breathable bag, i.e. paper bag. Don't forget to use the small fiber attached to the root; they can be ground and added to tea, coffee or soup.
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