The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Off The Grid News Alternative Health
Ginseng, in Chinese, means “man root.” The miracle herb was first discovered thousands of years ago, and has been used as a powerful medicinal supplement for just as long. Likely, it was named as such because the roots of the plant look like a man’s legs. However, there is absolutely no denying that ginseng is one of the most beneficial herbs for man, making it an aptly named miracle plant.
Early Chinese emperors used ginseng as a remedy for illnesses of all kind, using it in cooking as well as in soaps, lotions, creams and other remedies. Its reputation quickly spread to western civilization as new land was settled and countries established. By the mid-1970s, American ginseng was listed as an endangered species. Due to its overwhelming popularity as a home remedy, the herb had been over harvested to near extinction.
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