Ginseng Root: a Rich History
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Ginseng root has been a key ingredient in the CH’I herbal blend since 1987- and for great reason. The herb, also known as Panax ginseng, has a long and fascinating history dating back thousands of years. This powerful herb has been used for its believed medicinal properties in traditional Chinese, Korean, and Native American herbal practices. Ginseng is native to Eastern Asia and was first mentioned in Chinese medical texts over 2,000 years ago. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng was believed to restore and balance the body’s vital energy or “qi/ch’i” and was used as a tonic for overall well-being. It was considered a symbol of vitality and longevity.

During the Ming Dynasty in China (1368-1644), the Emperor ordered a nationwide search for the best quality ginseng root, a practice that continued into the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Ginseng became an important commodity during this time and was traded between China, Korea, and Japan. The herb was so highly prized that only the Emperor and his court were permitted to use it.


Ginseng root is believed to have a wide range of medicinal uses and health benefits. Here are a few of the most commonly cited:

  1. Boosting Energy: Ginseng is often used as a natural energy booster. It’s believed to stimulate the nervous system and increase circulation, combatting fatigue and increasing alertness.
  2. Improving Cognitive Function: Some studies have suggested that it may help to improve memory, attention, and concentration.
  3. Reducing Stress: Ginseng root is believed to have adaptogenic properties, which means it may help the body to cope with stress.
  4. Supporting Immune Function: Some studies have suggested that ginseng root may help to boost the immune system, making it more effective at fighting off infections and diseases.

Ginseng in Modern Times

Ginseng is still used in traditional medicine, but it’s also widely available as an accessible dietary supplement. Capsules, powders, and teas- just to name a few. One of the most popular uses of ginseng root today is as a natural energy booster. Many people use it to combat fatigue and increase alertness, particularly in the afternoon when energy levels may start to dip.

Ginseng root continues to be a popular herb for its potential health benefits. It remains a fascinating and enduring part of herbal medicine. With its long-standing history and wide range of uses, ginseng root continues to be a cherished herb in many cultures around the world. So, when you’re sipping it in your CH’I, you can now appreciate the ancient roots of this powerful herb. 

(Consuming ginseng extract within CH’I is completely safe for people of all ages- however we do recommend talking to your health professional before consuming ginseng in any therapeutic doses)

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