Panax Ginseng is available worldwide nowadays, but as with most things, not all Ginseng is made equal. To ensure you are getting real Panax Ginseng, you need to ensure you are buying panax ginseng from a reputable retailer and that you are in fact buying real Panax Ginseng.
To fully understand where you should buy ginseng from we need to look at the three different types of ginseng:
Panax Ginseng (Oriental Ginseng) - This stuff is the real deal and probably has the most research behind it to back up the health benefits companies claim.
Panacis Quinquifoli (American Ginseng) - While there's no where near as much official research on American Ginseng it does seem to pose similar health benefits to Panax Ginseng.
Eleutherococcus / Acanthopanax (Siberian Ginseng) - The Imposter. This inexpensive weed is a distant cousin of Oriental or American Ginseng, and has none of Ginseng's most valuable properties, yet it's often sold as "Ginseng" at inflated prices.
Types of Ginseng for Sale
Panax Ginseng is native to cold climates in Asia, mostly in China and Korea. It can be grown elsewhere, especially in certain parts the United States and Canada. However the American Ginseng is a different strain to the traditional Asian Ginseng.
The Chinese and Korean Ginseng has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine spanning over 5,000 years, and is also heavily researched in the Western Medical literature.
The American Ginseng does not have this same track record and tradition behind it, and is generally observed to be much lower in ginsenosides - the bioactive ingredient which carries the medicinal properties of the Ginseng plant.
Therefore, when buying Panax Ginseng; American Ginseng may be cheaper, but the jury is still out on whether you will receive any health benefits, or just be wasting your money.
Buying Asian Ginseng
Of course, if you’re not local to Asia, you can still buy Asian Ginseng. There are numerous companies online who ship worldwide. Some of them are reputable and some of them not so.
When buying Panax Ginseng online, ensure that you can trace where it was grown and produced. Panax Ginseng takes 4-6 years to reach full maturity and have the full complement of ginsenosides.
Even real Panax Ginseng bought online may not be as effective as it could be, because it is farmed too early in it’s life, in order to maximise short term profits.
Make Sure Your Ginseng is Really Ginseng
Panax Ginseng is a very valuable herb and for that reason it is not uncommon for imposter strains of plants to be sold as Ginseng.
Wild Panax Ginseng is becoming very rare. Even in its native Asia, people are aware of the value of the plant and it is not uncommon for plants to be dug up and stolen.
Therefore, most Panax Ginseng is grown in controlled conditions which mirror the wild. However, legitimate Asian Ginseng is still grown from the seeds of wild Ginseng.
My Panax Ginseng
At MyPanaxGinseng.com we source all of our Panax Ginseng direct from the Sobaek farm in South Korea. Our Panax Ginseng is sourced and handpicked by the South Korean crafts-masters of ginseng on the largest Panax Ginseng farm in Korea.
This ensures legitimacy and high quality product every single time.
Panax Ginseng on the Sobaek farm is cultivated for 4-6 years before being hand picked by expert handlers. After farming, the Ginseng is dried, creating ‘Korean Red Ginseng’. The drying process traps in all of the ginsenosides and beneficial properties for your health benefits.
We do not store Ginseng in warehouses for months or even years. Our Korean Red Ginseng is always fresh. We ship straight from the farm in Korea to your door. Find out more about the Saboek Ginseng Farm in South Korea here.