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Red Korean Ginseng offered on ebay


I bought ginseng roots (written as red korean ginseng root 6years) on, but cultivated (supposedly) near the Korean border in China ( EXTRACT Panax Korean Red Ginseng Root, Chinese Herb ). It has been on sale for a long time. Do not you know its quality? Interested in sending a test sample?


The ebay vendor and the goods you are asking for can have a certain hard-working stupidity that even a little fun. That he is a Chinese is obvious not only from the fact that he is sending the goods from Chongqing , but also from his English (so-called Chinglish), which shines where the author copies thousands of times on the Internet with his own work. When I can see "How use: ...", I know exactly what Chinese words the salesman meant: "Want me jong: ...".

Purchase of ginseng in China

We will not laugh at the Chinese for ignorance of the English language. But the vendor should at least be careful to have the goods properly named. In the heading stands the string "100g, EXTRACT Panax Korean Red Ginseng Root, Chinese Herb", sic. Thanks to him, I would never buy a vendor because, because of the word "EXTRACT", I would not know if I get roots or some extract. Pictures with roots could easily be copied from the web, just like the English description of ginseng. You probably know that the vendor really sends all the roots of a young Chinese ginseng to meet your expectations. A little surprised but probably those customers who would really like to buy the extract by title ...

Let's move from the Internet sales technique to the goods themselves. You do not have to send samples to me. I know exactly what this is about. If you went through the Shanghai Marketplace, you would see this type of ginseng as a regular item for hundreds of vendors. You hold a 2-year or 3-year-old red ginseng containing between 2-8% panaxosides (the precise number can not be determined, the quality of this ginseng varies greatly), possibly containing and possibly not containing pesticides and other harmful substances. Chromatography it to accurately determine the composition of the non-alloy, just as I will not do for all the other internet dealers who have copied the same English text as our ebay salesman into their ginseng description. By 10 February 2011, according to Google, exactly 4180. If you are interested in comparing the prices of ginseng on the Internet, their list will certainly be useful to you. You can get started from the site

If you have the impression that China's order purchases ginseng somehow in a straightforward and more advantageous way, then know that the main genius of the ginseng market originates in China itself and is not a matter of import. In Communist China, whether awe or unfortunately, there are market mechanisms as we did a hundred years ago . With herbs, it means that immediately after the harvest the speculators buy all the available ginseng on the market and store it in the hope that its price rises. Whether or not they want to meet this wish (and that is true for 2010/11), the ginseng will finally have to sell, and take the poison to always send the customers the oldest ones they have in stock. Just as it does today, it works with other Chinese herbs. That year (autumn 2010), the Chinese government has issued a law against the speculation and accumulation of agricultural crops , but its compliance with the herbs can virtually not be enforced. Speculation with herbs has happened in China, where casinos are forbidden, a kind of game that everyone is doing, from the rich to the little vendors . Even if our ebay salesman was not from Chung-ching, a thousand miles away from the Manchu source, I'd know you were buying from the speculator. The only way you can actually buy ginseng right now is to go to the farm in Manchuria to make a treat that the harvest will be yours ...

Korean Ginseng or Korea Insam?

Let's move from the market to "Korean Ginseng" , which our ebay merchant has in his ginseng name. This is another common mistake today. After all, from Korea, the young ginseng does not even get excited. For that reason, the Korean Ministry of Agriculture had to register the Korea Insam ™ brand , because practically all of the Chinese have already started to call their ginseng "Korean" on the pretext that Korean ginseng is the English generic name of the plant. The word "Korean" is generic, ie unpatentable, and its proper use can not be legally enforced. That 'North Korea near its origin', as our salesman writes at the headline of the description, is always so. Indeed, all of Manchuria is "near the Korean border" when it is compared with Tibet or the Ugur Autonomous Region within the PRC. The essence of Korea Insam ™ is not as geographically as Korea's supervision of cultivation and processing - in fact, up to three-quarters of Korea Insam ™ ginseng is grown today in Manchuria, and only about a quarter in Korea itself (source: Fu Chang, personal communications). The same ginseng is due to the legitimate distrust of the Taiwanese towards their mainland souls . Photographs of Korea Insam ™ 6-year-old patch, as well as its comparison with the cheaper Taiwan Taiwan TCM Liangem, can be found here .


I replied to your best of consciousness and conscience so that it would illuminate the situation for you and other readers. I have already made my period of acquaintance with Chinese herbs and the peculiarities of their sales to a certain extent. In this answer and overall on the site I provide information that nobody else provides in such a concentrated form. But I can not force anyone to trust me. Look, surf, experiment, if you have time and patience. In time, perhaps you will recognize that my main motivation is not to defend my personal interests, but to defend my personal interests in such a broad sense that it partly includes you.


| 15.2.2011

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