Over centuries, ginseng has been considered in China as an important component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The English word ginseng comes from the Chinese term rénshēn 人参.
The Panax Ginseng is any one of the 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots. It belongs to the genus Panax of the family Araliaceae. Ginseng is found in N.America and in eastern Asia, usually in cool climates.
The root is often available in dried form, either whole or sliced.