Atkins Ginseng Farms is Canada's premier, vertically integrated,
Ontario based agribusiness specializing in the growing, processing and
manufacture of government certified ginseng products. One of the few
singly owned ginseng operations in
Canada, Atkins is also an industry leader in the development,
production, and marketing of ginseng
Highly prized for potency and cooling properties, Ontario Ginseng
refreshes the mind, controls perspiration, boosts the immune system,
and enhances energy combatting stress and fatigue. Traditionally used
in winter to prevent colds and flu, it is especially recommended for
menopausal women and to support proper menstruation.
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Korean Red Ginseng, the most prized Asian Ginseng increases energy and
vitality, while also increasing stamina and strengthening the general
physical condition. It stimulates the cardiovascular system and
enhances the immune system. Korean Red Ginseng helps combat stress and
Regarded as the anti-stress nutrient, Siberian Ginseng helps people
function under stress and return to a state of balance. It is
recommended to relieve fatigue, reduce anxiety and boost the immune
system. It is ideal for athletes in training as it can be used to
increase stamina while calming nerves.
Various plants called ginseng have been usedmedicinally for over
7000 years. Several species grow around the world, and though some are
preferred for specific health benefits, all are considered to have somewhat similar properties as effective general rejuvenators.
There are three main species of herbs commonly known as ginseng;
they are referred to as Oriental (Asian), North American and Siberian
ginsengs. A lesser known species is Notoginseng (also known as
Nseudoginseng). The Siberian variety is not truly ginseng, but rather a
distant cousin to the Oriental species. Oriental ginseng root, or Panax ginseng, is grown in China and Korea. The Chinese variety is white because the root is dried naturally. The Korean variety, or "red panax," is the most
popular type and is red due to how the root is processed (carefully
steamed). American ginseng, or Panax quinquefolium, root is white or yellow.
Ginseng has been used for countless generations, especially
within the protocols of traditional Chinese medicine. The name
originated in China and means "man plant," because Ginseng root resembles the human form,
as cited in "The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine." The ancient Greeks
later added the Latin prefix panax, which was derived from the word
panacea, or "cure-all." Both ancient cultures relied on ginseng root to
alleviate a variety of conditions, but it was viewed mainly as a tonic
to increase vitality. Siberian ginseng is grown mainly in eastern
Siberia and was labeled as a ginseng in modern times mainly for
Both North American and Asian ginsengs contain ginsenosides
(siberian ginseng does not contain any ginsenosides), although the types
and the ratio of these substances are different in the Asian and
American herbs. Laboratory studies in animals have found that North
American ginseng is effective in boosting the immune system, and as an
antioxidant. Other studies show that North American ginseng might have
therapeutic potential for inflammatory diseases.
Research on North American ginseng has focused on a number of
conditions, some of which are described below.
The main difference between Korean and Chinese ginseng is
potency. Chinese ginseng has milder energy boosting effects, so it is
thought to be better suited for young children, the elderly and the very
ill, as cited in "Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica." Chinese
ginseng is mainly produced in Manchuria and is usually white in color,
because the roots are dried in the sun. The drying process breaks down
enzymes, which reduce the root's potency. It is grown for four to six years before it is harvested.
Chinese ginseng is considered "adaptogen" because of its unique
ability to normalize whatever is out of balance in the body. It works
to stimulate and improve the working of the brain with it's
oxygenation properties. It is therefore beneficial in promoting
physical and mental alertness. It is believed to increase women's level
of hormones therefore recommended for menopausal symptoms. Panax ginseng
not only inhibits the production of cancer cells but actually converts the abnormal cells into normal ones.Chinese
ginseng possesses a stimulatory effect on sexual function in both men
and women that is why ginseng has reputation for enhancing sexual desire. It
increases sperm production with a marked decrease in erectile
dysfunction. It may be taken by mouth or applied topically, directly to
the penis to treat erectile dysfunction in men.
Chinese ginseng has been researched for the lowering of blood
alcohol content by reducing absorption from the stomach. It decreases
harmful LDL cholesterol and increases beneficial cholesterol HDL levels.
It stimulates weight and tissue growth and thereby enhances the body's
resistance to disease.
Korean ginseng has been used in Traditional medicine for
thousands of years. The Chinese derived the name ginseng from two words
mean, "man plant," because of the roots likeness to human form. Ginseng was later
given the Latin botanical name Panax, which is related to the Greek word "panacea," meaning "cure all," because of all the conditions that
ginseng seemed to alleviate. Wild Korean ginseng is rare and expensive,
so the vast majority of Korean ginseng available on the market is
cultivated on large farms in North Korea or China. Some Korean ginseng
root is steamed for eight
to 10 hours, turning it a reddish color and increasing its
strength, before being processed into tea, capsules or thin slices.
Korean ginseng is similar in its use and properties to the Chinese
variety. When going through the "red" process it is considered more
potent. According to "Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica," Korean ginseng regulates
the yang energy in the body and can strongly boost "qi," or the life
force. In Western terminology, Korean ginseng is used to increase
physical and mental endurance, combat fatigue, boost energy levels,
strengthen the immune system, enhance libido and normalize body
functions. According to "Medical Herbalism: The Science Principles and
Practices of Herbal Medicine,"
Korean ginseng has shown the
ability to reduce cholesterol levels, normalize blood pressure in both hypertensive and hypotensive people, slow down memory loss in those with
Alzheimer's disease and balance blood sugar levels within diabetics.
North American (Ontario) Ginseng
Like their Asian counterparts, the indigenous peoples of the
Americas used American ginseng for countless generations for many of the
same afflictions. American ginseng was once quite plentiful in all
mountainous regions of the United States, but over-harvesting has caused
tight restrictions on who can dig for the wild root. Consequently, most American ginseng sold on
the market is cultivated on large farms, especially in the state of
Wisconsin. Like its Korean relative, American ginseng is relatively easy
to grow and takes about five years for the root to reach harvesting
Because of the chemicals it contains, some people use American
ginseng to treat type 2 diabetes, anemia, insomnia, gastritis,
impotence, fevers, attention deficit disorder, HIV, fibromyalgia and breast cancer.
American ginseng is also used in herbal medicine to prevent respiratory
Siberian ginseng, or Eleutherococcus senticosus, first grabbed the attention of Western medicine after it was researched and marketed by the Soviets,
It is a relative of true ginseng plants and has
similar chemistry but it is not a true ginseng or Panax
plant. Originally promoted in Russia as a less expensive ginseng substitute, Siberian ginseng offers stress and
fatigue relieving, or adaptogenic, properties and immune stimulation.
Because of its use as a tonic to boost low stamina and increase energy, cosmonauts
take it to enhance endurance during space missions. Siberian ginseng
does not contain the essential steroid-like ingredients called
ginsenosides of true Panax ginseng, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Siberian ginseng has traditionally been used to treat conditions
such as the common cold and herpes simplex virus infections and to
improve the quality of life especially in the elderly. An article in the
January 2002 edition of the Guardian states that eleutherosides found in
Siberian ginseng extract may act as adaptogens, which help the body adjust to
extreme conditions such as chemotherapy and severe viral infections.
Another study published in the January 2004 edition of "Psychological
Medicine" concluded that Siberian ginseng may help patients suffering
from fatigue for more than six months with no known cause.
Other studies, such as the one published in the 2004 supplement
of "Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics" have found that Siberian
ginseng helps improve mental health and social functioning in hypertensive
people over the age of 65 years after four weeks of therapy. The UMMC
also recommends this herb to treat and prevent the common cold, flu and
herpes viral infections.
Notoginseng (Panax notoginseng) belongs to the same plant family as North American ginseng and Asian ginseng (Panax). Notoginseng root has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a general
tonic to strengthen the immune system. It is highly prized in China for
its therapeutic effects in treating cardiovascular diseases,
inflammation, body pains, trauma, and internal and external bleeding due
The major active constituents of Notoginseng are similar to but
not identical to those of North American ginseng and Asian ginsengs,
.This is because some of the ginsenosides they share are in different
concentrations. For example notoginseng contains a higher amount of Rg1
ginsenoside and no detectable amount of Rf2 ginsenoside.
Notoginseng is often used to stop or slow down bleeding. It is
sometimes taken by people who have nosebleed, vomit up or cough up
blood, or find blood in their urine or feces. It is also used to relieve pain; and to reduce swelling, and blood pressure.
Some people apply notoginseng directly to the skin in order to stop bleeding.
Notoginseng is one of the 8 herbs used in caombination (PC-SPES) to treat prostate cancer.