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Types of Ginseng

Wild Ginseng Root

Wild ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) grows wild in the eastern half of North America. It is a perennial herb that inhabits hardwood forests. It grows on well-drained, north-and east-facing slopes in predominantly porous, humus-rich soils. Ginseng also grows on southwest-facing slopes, in soil where sand or clay is characteristic, and in forests with conifers and softwoods, but most wild populations thrive in upland, north-and east-facing woods where shade and loam soils are typical.

In addition to our cultivated ginseng, Rainey Ginseng usually has wild root available for purchase at our online store .


Cultivated Canadian Ginseng

CANADIAN (aka American) Ginseng is commercially grown in various areas of Canada and Eastern North America, but not quite as sucessfully as in a small area in Southwestern Ontario near the town of Waterford. This is the area where Rainey Ginseng has been farming ginseng root for over 50 years.

The intensive farming of field-cultivated ginseng is an expensive venture, requiring valuable land, high-cost artificial shade and costly maintenance for four or five years before a harvest. A quality American Ginseng harvest requires a dedicated, experienced grower. Three generations of Raineys have proven that dedication since 1947.

Soil and climate conditions unique to this particular area in Ontario gives Rainey ginseng a unique taste, very desirable to consumers of quality root. Indeed, the vast majority of our root is sold to the highly discriminating Oriental market. Now, with online shopping, this superior quality product can be shipped anywhere and delivered to your door in a matter of days.

Visit our store and see what we have to offer.


Korean Ginseng

This Asian root has a warming effect on the body, the opposite to North American ginseng which has a cooling effect. Korean (Chinese) Ginseng is not recommended for those with high blood pressure or hypertension.


Siberian Ginseng

Eleutherococcus senticosus is not a true ginseng, but is a related plant. It is inexpensive and generally not considered as potent as true ginseng.


Links to other informative and interesting websites

Ginkgo, ginseng and folic acid -- Latest research
Natural Health Magazine article on Ginseng
HealthWorld Online - Herbal Materia Medica - Ginseng
Use of Ginseng in the Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Sweet news - Research indicates ginseng helps control blood sugar of diabetics
Ginseng: prince of tonics


  Learn more about Rainey Ginseng's American Ginseng .