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Rooted on Two Continents: Ginseng Facts

  • Ginseng has been growing in North America for 70 million years.
  • North Americans have been selling ginseng to the Chinese for 300 years (it was the United States' first major export to China in 1800).
  • Westerners use ginseng mainly as a stimulant or to relieve fatigue, while Chinese use it as an all-purpose tonic.
  • According to traditional Chinese medicine, the nature of Chinese ginseng is 'hot,' while American is 'cool.'
  • It takes cultivated ginseng six to eight years to reach the size desired by Asian markets.

Source: Ginseng, the Divine Root

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