Ginseng: Facts and Folklore

The Chinese have used ginseng for thousands of years, believing that it ­enhances sexual performance, increases energy, and eases stress. Many Americans are skeptical, demanding scientific validation. Here are Eastern and Western perspectives on the herb that is purported to cure all.

Compounds contained in white ginseng root, above, are extracted in a grain-­alcohol solution; other herbs are ­included to complement the active ­substances found in ginseng. Ginseng root courtesy of Dragon’s Light Herb Company, Denver, Colorado.