Panax ginseng is available in many forms, several of which are shown at left. Counterclockwise, from the center: whole red ginseng root, with its humanlike shape; sliced red ginseng; ginseng tablets containing spirulina, a type of algae; a ginseng jar used to cook and soften the whole or sliced root; and small pieces of red ginseng root.
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.
Ginseng may be taken as a tea or chewable slices.