How To Find And Harvest Ginseng (Legally)

How To Find And Harvest Ginseng (Legally) by: Rebekah White for Off The Grid News

Ginseng, in Chinese, means “man root.” The miracle herb was first discovered thousands of years ago, and has been used as a powerful medicinal supplement for just as long. Likely, it was named as such because the roots of the plant look like a man’s legs. However, there is absolutely no denying that ginseng is one of the most beneficial herbs for man, making it an aptly named miracle plant.

Early Chinese emperors used ginseng as a remedy for illnesses of all kind, using it in cooking as well as in soaps, lotions, creams and other remedies. Its reputation quickly spread to western civilization as new land was settled and countries established. By the mid-1970s, American ginseng was listed as an endangered species. Due to its overwhelming popularity as a home remedy, the herb had been over harvested to near extinction.


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While the threat of extinction was real, the reasoning behind the zealous hunt was valid: Finseng is widely sought after for its ability to restore overall health and is one of the most popular herbal remedies. Both American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius, L.) and Asian ginseng (P.Ginseng) are believed to increase energy, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, induce relaxation, and reduce stress, among other miraculous powers.

Ginseng may even make you smarter. A study conducted at the Medical School of Nantong University indicated that ginseng has beneficial effects on cognition and behavior.

Furthermore, ginseng might save your life. Some studies in Asia have indicated that the herb’s consumption is linked to a lower cancer risk, likely because the herb has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Harvesting Ginseng

Many farmers now cultivate the delicate herb, helping to contribute to the rising ginseng trade. It can also be harvested from the wild, although it’s necessary to research your area’s laws and regulations regarding the herb.

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