Difference Between Asian and North American Ginseng

It’s time to blog again ~

I would like to recognize my fellow bloggers, because my post will post related to theirs. Kathyrn and Jessie. Since Jessie wrote about the powerful and wonderful health benefits of ginseng, and Kathryn wrote about its history and where it came from, I would like to write on what ginseng’s real differences are.

I’m guessing today is Ginseng appreciation day. 


Though American ginseng and Asian ginseng contain roughly the same active ingredients called ginsenosides, they are different in their respective ways. For example, American ginseng comes rich in Rb1 group of ginsenosides, Asian Ginseng comes higher in the Rg1 group of ginsenosides.

Like Asian ginseng, American ginseng is a light brown/dirty yellow, gnarled root that often looks like a human body with stringy shoots for arms and legs. Native Americans used the root as a stimulant and to treat headaches, fever, indigestion, and infertility. Ginseng remains one of the most popular herbs in the United States and at some parts of Asia.

Here is their enumerated comparison to easily differentiate:

Asian ginseng:

  • Known to promote ‘yang’ energy in the body, it helps in revitalizing the natural heat of the body and also helps in the improvement of blood circulation.
  • Also known as Panax ginseng
  • Associated with improving overall mental health and ability, particularly in the areas of memory
  • Used to help with treating type-2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation
  • Used to elevate mood and produce an overall sense of well-being
  • Used to treat colds; flus; bronchitis; breast, stomach, liver, lung and skin cancers; and depression
  • Considered to be invigorating and stimulating
  • Comes higher in the Rg1 group of ginsenosides

American ginseng:

  • As American Ginseng promotes ‘yin’ energy, it is used to cool down the body during fever or from hot climate
  • Known to enhance the immune system and also helps with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
  • Considered to be more relaxing and sedative
  • Known to increase the “yin” energy, Korean Ginseng is known to increase “yang” energy.
  • Comes rich in Rb1 group of ginsenosides

According to Chinese philosophy, the universe is said to be composed of Yin and Yang, or opposites. The balance of opposites determines the order of the universe.


For short, American ginseng, being Yin, warms and stimulates the body with a cooling effect, while Asian ginseng, being Yang, smooths and cools the body with a heating effect. 

This is only just one of the many, many beautiful gifts from Mother Nature! A human-shaped all-around healing plant that human can freely benefit from.





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