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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 the 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 take 9g 3-year ginseng? Or is it that in the 3-year ginseng there are still no substances (some essential) containing up to 6-year ginseng? Thank you for answer. Jiří K.

Hello, Mr. George!

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 a 6-year-old ginseng , and it could not even be detected in 3-year-old gins in small quantities.

According to the TCM tradition, only adult ginseng is suitable for serious treatment, making the older the better. There are certain 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 do not explain it.

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 have to emphasize: that gens and modern 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 a fantasy of charlatans. Contemporary science over 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 .) Consequently, current 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 the TCM is behind. Perhaps the closest approximation of contemporary science to the problem of optimal ginseng age was last year's Korean publication, Sathiyamoorthy2010ggo , which examined ginseng's distinction between 14-year, 4-year-old and root hair, analyzing several thousand species of mRNA molecules and concluding nothing at all.

So to finally give some resolution: For an average healthy person, a young ginseng is enough for a daily boost, for the sick and for people under heavy strain, rather, the 6-year-old.


| 2.10.2010

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