Introduction to American ginseng vs korean Ginseng
Although they are technically members of the same family and share similar genetic make ups, American ginseng and Korean ginseng are quite different. They have different uses, different levels of power and are even found in two completely different geographical locations.
American ginseng is produced in America and Canada, while Korean ginseng can be found in Russia and eastern Asia. American ginseng may also be referred to as Panax quinquefolius, while Korean Ginseng may be known as Panax ginseng.
The one similarity they share is that both are adaptogens. This means that they can help your body manage stressors, helping alleviate pain and suffering. However, before we explore the uses and different qualities of the two different types of ginseng, it might be worth exploring their origins.
Origins of American ginseng and Korean Ginseng
First discovered five thousand years ago, Korean ginseng was believed to be a source of food that grew in the mountains of Manchuria. Deep in china, this herb became known and often cherished due to its ability to heal and help those who were suffering.
Despite originating in China, it has been an important part of medicine in other parts of the world. It is referenced in the Veda. This is an ancient book of scripts in India that dates back thousands of years.
American ginseng, on the other hand, was discovered much later in the 17th century. The man who discovered it was a Jesuit. With the aid of a native American lady, he searched the Canadian forests for the special herb, after returning from an assignment in China.
The man realized that since Canada was on the same longitude as China the herb could be growing there and his theory proved to be correct.
Usages Of American Ginseng
American ginseng has been used to treat a wide range of different medical ailments. For instance, it can be used to lower blood sugars for patients who suffer from type two diabetes.
As well as this the herb as been used for better general cognitive performance, to boost mood and to improve the immune system. You might find that doctors use this herb to boost their immune system when working around sick patients.
It has also been used to treat the common cold as well as flu like symptoms, and some believe that it can be used to treat hyperactivity disorders. Although, research into whether this will be effective is still ongoing.
Uses of Korean Ginseng
Similar to American ginseng this herb has been associated with general mental health and used in the same way to reduce blood sugar levels for people who have diabetes. However, Korean ginseng has also been specifically linked to improved memory performance and the ability to treat erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation in men.
Furthermore, the herb has been used in the past to provide individuals with a better sense of well being.
Some people also believe that the herb can be used to treat severe medical issues like cancer. However, research is still ongoing, and it is unclear as to what if any effect this could have for patients suffering from a disease like this.
Interestingly, the two herbs different in the way they feel as well as how they react. Korean ginseng is more suited for colder conditions because it is warmer. American ginseng, on the other hand, is cooler and therefore can be used in hotter climates. This may be due to the areas in which these herbs are grown.
One study has shown that using American ginseng can actually help reduce body temperature through the night. As such, it could be useful for people who get too hot in the early hours.
Korean ginseng, on the other hand, can be used to regulate the natural temperature of the body and may also improve blood flow around the body.
General Differences In Usage
American ginseng is often used mainly as a herd to calm people down or even as a depressive. This is why people often suggest that it can be used to treat hyperactivity disorders. If the herb can calm people's moods, it might allow them to feel more relaxed and even to increase their focus.
In contrast Korean ginseng is generally associated with increased motivation and stimulation as can be seen by the unique specific ailments that people use it for. For instance, the herb is believe to increase memory performance as it stimulates the mind, allowing it to function at a higher capacity.
Ginseng In Chinese Medicine
In Simplistic terms, American ginseng is believed to increase the ‘yin’ energy and could be beneficial for Qi deficiency, while the Korean herb is said to boost the ‘yang.’ What does this mean? Yin is a passive negative force and Yang is the positive active force. Both need to be in balance to achieve good levels of physical and mental health, according to chinese medicine.
In Chinese medicine, Korean ginseng has been used to treat a wide variety of different health issues. This has been shown in more than twenty different research studies. Some of the benefits include the stimulation and support of the digestive system, the reduction of blood toxins and the reduction of stress.
Power And Potency
There is some debate as to whether American ginseng is as potent as the Korean herb. It has been suggested that American ginseng is not as potent and only has a mild effect on the level of ‘qi.’ Korean ginseng has been said to have a far stronger effect, and Research on Panax Ginseng does seem to suggest that this is the case.
Differences In Ginsenosides Content
Both American and Korean ginseng contain ginsenosides however they are remarkably different when you look a little more closely. First of all, there is a notable difference in numbers with the American ginseng having 29 and the Korean herb only having 20. Though, the Korean ginseng has more of the Rg1 category of ginsenosides compared with its American equivalent. It is suggested that this is the reason for its different usages as well as the contrasting effects each has on the human body.
As you can see then while sharing a similar name, the two herbs are remarkably different. They are used for different reasons and according to Chinese medicine, may have unique power levels when used as a form of treatment.