‘Ginseng’ comes from a Chinese term that means “root in a shape of a human” and refers to the root’s characteristic “two – legs” shape that resembles a human.
The botanical name is Panax that means “all-heal” in Greek, rooting from the same origin as “panacea”.
Some sources suggest that Siberian root is also Ginseng. Although it is in the same family, it is not genus, as true ginseng. Its scientific name is Eleutherococcus senticosus. The active substances in Siberian ginseng are different from Panax. Instead of a fleshy root, Siberian ginseng has a woody root.
The major health benefits of ginseng are due to the naturally occurring chemicals called ‘Ginsenosides’ that are present in this root.
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