Traditionally regarded in China as the ‘Herb of Aging Emperors’ due to its high price and exclusivity, ginseng is a perennial plant with fleshy roots, which has been used all over the world for thousands years to improve peoples’ health. Luckily it’s much more widely available today!
The root (and sometimes the leaf) is the part of the plant most often used in herbal remedies. Did you know that the word “Ginseng” comes from a Chinese term meaning “Man”, this is because the forked root of the plant often resembles a small person!

Ginseng is thought to be an adaptogen, this means it is able to help the body cope with stress and support the immune system (although it should not be taken when you have an infection).

Ginseng is often taken to increase a sense of wellbeing and stamina, and improves both mental and physical performance. Because of the supportive action of ginseng it is also used for depression, asthma, memory impairment, fatigue and premature aging.

Ginseng is still very popular today, and is available in a range of forms including tablets, capsules, softgel, powder, extracts, teas, and creams.