Ginseng

Ginseng, an old and valuable herb in Asian medicine is any one of eleven species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots. Ginseng is characterized by the presence of steriod-like compounds called ginsenosides. It is found only in the Northern Hemisphere, in North America and in eastern Asia, typically in cooler climates.  The English word ginseng derives from the Chinese term rénshen, where Rén means "man" and shen means a kind of herb; this refers to the root's characteristic forked shape, which resembles the legs of a man. The botanical name Panax means "all-he..

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