Around the world, millions swear by the pick-me-up power of ginseng. But to the uninitiated (and even to the experienced), the arrays of available ginsengs may exhaust the powers of discernment: How do you distinguish which ginseng type best suits your needs?
Well, the first step to dissecting the ginseng jumble emerges from an understanding of the three types: Asian (panax ginseng), which produces the strongest stimulation, American (panax quinquefolium), which soothes and Siberian (Eleutherococcus senticosus), a stamina booster.
The ginseng saga first entered recorded history about 2,000 years ago when Chinese herbal literature initially described panax ginseng. The Greek name for this herb,