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The shape of Korean Ginseng

Mystery beyond the interest

¡°Ginseng root has legs, arms, eyes and noses and looks ethereal with its humanoid shape.
¡± As quoted in Bonchogangmok, an ancient Chinese handbook for medicinal herbs,
the overall appearance of Korean Ginseng is similar to that of a human being, with many side
roots from the main root. So the name of ginseng is bearing the meaning of ¡®human-
resembling root¡¯. Being shaped like a human being, it is regarded as not only an effective
herb medicine and a health food but also a mysterious thing, even after its ingredients
have been scientifically analyzed and unveiled. Accordingly, the more similar its shape is
to human being, the more valuable it becomes. It has been proved that ginseng root,
proportionally formed and balanced closer to a human being, has solid inner structure and
superior ingredients inside it.

How to select high-grade Ginseng

¡ñ Rhizome should not be weak or loose from the body;
¡ñ Main root, lateral root and fine root should be developed evenly.
¡ñ There should not be a scar on the smooth skin with its fine roots undamaged.
¡ñ The color should be natural light yellowish white.

Korean Ginseng is classified into the several kinds according to the processing

- Fresh Ginseng or Raw Ginseng
Unprocessed and fresh ginseng as with its original shape intact.

- White Ginseng
Ginseng peeled and dried under the sun, processed to keep moist content less than 14%.
Divided into strait ginseng, half strait ginseng and curved ginseng.

- Red Ginseng
Steamed and dried ginseng for long-term preservation, with red/brown color. In processing
the moist content gets less than 14% and ginseng becomes dark brown.
The original shape maintained for long time.