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Again one question about the difference between 3-year and 6-year ginseng

Hello. I have a question that wakes me ... I want to ask you to compare 2 ginseng from the store : I know that 3-year-old does not have such a strong ratio of active substances as 6-year-old Liang, but from the financial point of view it is a big difference . So, if you recommend a daily dose of 3g of a 6-year-old ginseng, will it be cheaper to enjoy 9g of 3-year ginseng? Or is it that in 3-year ginseng there are still no substances (some essential) that contains up to 6-year ginseng? Thank you for answer. Jiří K.

Hello, Mr. Jiří!

In short, the answers to your two questions are "yes" and "no":

  • Yes, the 3-year-old woman is paid more for the panaxoside total. (Beware, this does not have to be true for all cheap ginseng - they can have panaxosides total ten times less!)
  • No, as far as I know, there is no substance in the 6-year ginseng , and it could not even be detected in 3-year gins in small amounts.

According to the TCM tradition, only adult ginseng is suitable for serious treatment, so the older the better. There are some reasons to question this tradition. The Principle of Asian Tradition is the uncritical assumption of ancestral knowledge. Personally, I do not think there is any difference between ginseng 6-year-old and wild ginseng 50-year-old, but people who believe in mountain spirits do not explain.

On the other hand, the difference between young (3-year) and adult (6-year) ginseng is more than just spiritual, it is the difference in panaxoside ratios. But it does not know how important this difference is.

But again, we get to what I do not want, and I must emphasize: that the geniuses and contemporary science do not understand. I repeat, the use of ginseng in medicine is not a result of modern research . This is just a confirmation that the effects of ginseng are not the result of the fantasy of charlatans. Current science across all gene databases is still not able to predict what clinical effects a given set of molecules will and will not have. (And I just came back from a lecture by Justin Lamb of MIT managing that database .) Contemporary science does not tell us how much a 6-year-old ginseng is better than a 3-year-old. There is no other way than the long clinical testing that TKM is behind. Perhaps the closest approximation of contemporary science to the problem of optimum ginseng age was last year's Korean publication Sathiyamoorthy2010ggo , which examined ginseng's distinction between 14-year, 4-year-old and root hair, analyzing the presence of several thousand species of mRNA molecules, and concluding nothing at all.

So, to put an end to the end: For an average healthy person, a young ginseng is enough for a daily reinforcement, for the sick and for the people under heavy stress the 6-year-old.


| 2.10.2010

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