***This listing is for 1oz of powdered extract***
Country of origin: Korea
Ginseng has been called the "king of all herbs," and for good reason. It has one of the most impressive lists of active constituents and beneficial properties I've seen. It is the prototype "adaptogen." It is said to relieve stress in a variety of systems throughout the body, offering support where needed.
The species used here is panax ginseng, and "red ginseng" refers to the method of processing this species by steaming the root at high temperatures, which results in higher concentrations of many of the beneficial active compounds. The root used in this extraction is at least 6 years old, which is considered the age where ginseng reaches full potency and maturity before harvest. The extract is standardized to contain 7-10% ginsenosides by weight.
Ginseng has been researched for dozens of possible benefits. It is approved for use in clinical TCM formulations in many parts of eastern Asia, and may someday find similar potential for use in the western world as well.
A good starting dose for this extract seems to be 0.5-1 gram, or roughly 1/3 of a teaspoon. It can be brewed into tea with other adaptogenic herbs, mixed into smoothies, or taken orally with water. The research on ginseng shows that it has a good safety profile with short or long-term use, but you can cycle off periodically if you'd like as well.