At the ebay.com portal I bought root korean ginseng root (6years), 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 careless dullness that even a little fun. That he is a Chinese is obvious not only from the fact that he is sending the goods from Chungching, but also from his English (the so-called Chinglish), which shines where the author copies thousands of copies on the Internet, improves his own work. When I 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 "100g, EXTRACT Panax Korean Red Ginseng Root, Chinese Herb", sic. Thanks to him, I would never buy that 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. Somewhat surprised are 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 me samples. 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 2-8% panaxoside (the precise number can not be determined, the quality of this type of ginseng varies greatly) that may contain and possibly contain no pesticides and other harmful substances. To chromatograph it for the exact determination of the composition of the nipple, 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. As of February 10, 2011, according to Google, exactly 4180. If you are interested in comparing ginseng prices on the Internet, their list will certainly be useful to you. You can start from the site cheapcenzen.cz.
If you have the impression that with order from China you buy ginseng somehow in a straightforward and more advantageous way, then you know that the main credibility of the ginseng market arises in China itself and is not a matter of import. In Communist China, whether awe or unfortunately, market mechanisms work as we did a hundred years ago . With herbs, it means that immediately after 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 fill this wish (and that is true for 2010/11), the ginseng will finally have to sell, and take the poison to always send the oldest ones to the customers. As it is today, it works with other Chinese herbs. That year (autumn 2010), the Chinese government issued a law against the speculation and accumulation of agricultural crops , but its compliance with the herbs can not be enforced. Speculation with herbs has happened in China, where casinos are forbidden, a kind of game that everyone is doing , from rich to small shoppers . Even if our ebay salesman was not from Chong-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 Manchurian farm to make a treat that your harvest will be yours ...
Korean Ginseng or Korea Insam?
Let's move from the market to the "Korean Ginseng" that our ebay businessman 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 Korea Insam ™ , because practically all Chinese people 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 the 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 in Manchuria and only about a quarter in Korea itself (source: Fu Čen, personal communications). The same ginseng is due to the legitimate distrust of the Taiwanese towards their continental souls . Photographs of Korea Insam ™ 6-year-old slices, as well as its comparison with the cheaper Taiwanese TaiwanTCM 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 specifics of their sales to a certain extent. In this answer and overall on the site adaptogeny.cz I provide information that no one 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.