Alternative Medicine/Ginsengs


I am trying to better understand the differences between ginsengs and their properties, simply and in a nutshell.  I am a little confused.  It is my understanding that there are 3 kids of Ginseng.  American, Korean and Siberian.  I'd like to know what their other names are (for cross reference).  If I know that then I can probably look them up myself but I am totally confused about which is which and the botanical names, common names, chinese names, etc.  Can you assist me with the names of these herbs so I can cross reference them?  Thank you!

Hello Ray,

I am a Texas girl and don't get into botanical names but make it simple for myself and my clients to relate to and remember.
American Ginseng is cooling like for hot flashes, heated body, etc.
Koren Ginseng is heating like when you need to get moving, tired, need a fire under you.
Siberian Ginseng is not a ginseng, it is an adaptagen and good for stress, anxiety and balancing cortisol levels.
I look at how I can simply remember something to help the individual and hope this helps you.

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Tonja Wells,CNHP, NHC

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Tonja Wells is a Certified Natural Health Professional. (C.N.H.P.) and a Certified Herbal Health Consultation (N.H.C.). She is currently working on her Naturopathic Doctors degree. She has been working as an herbalist since 1992 years. Tonja can answer your questions on herbs and herbal health needs in most areas such as having more energy, weight loss, allergies, stress, depression, ADHD, hormones, stress, PMS, menopause, herbs for children and much more. She specializes in putting complete herbal health and nutritional programs together for clients.


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