"Note of Caution: Ginseng is avaliable in most Health Food Shops - Take care to purchase good quality Ginseng, the better the quality the better the results. ...Most Chinese Herbalists divide Ginseng into four grades. The most expensive is Tung Pei, selling at $5 500 per ounce. Small roots weigh in at about a gram and sell for $100"
Botanical Name: Panax quinquefolium L.
Folk Names: American Ginseng, Sang, Redberry, Five Fingers, Divine Root, Root of Life, Man Root.
Habitat: It is found sparingly in the rich, moist soils of hardwood forests.
History: The Chinese have been facinated by the 'Man Plant' for over 5 000 years. Like Mandrake the most potent roots are said to be shaped like a mans body. The Chinese further believed that even better results were gained when the root was dug up at midnight during a full moon. Oriental men have consumed this root daily for over 5 000 years in order to retain their vitality and virility. An ancient medical manuscript of India says of Ginseng that it 'bestows on men both young and old the power of a bull' (Arerva Veda). Indian Tribes of the United States first learned of Ginseng in the sixteenth Century. Entire tribes would harvest the abundant Panax Quinquenfolium, the North American Species of this root crop. The meskwakis Indians, for example, were known to concoct a special love potion with thier harvests, combining it with Meca, Snake Meat, Gelatin, and some wild Columbine Herb. A young girl would use the mixture to find a husband by feeding it to an unsuspecting male.
A Chinese 'Materia Medica' of the fourth Centurypresented a list of exotic Ginseng recipies which supposedly increased sexual appetites due to it's phallic shape.
Primary effects: Panaquilon stimulates and increasesendocrine activity. Panaxapogenol (panax acid) promotes a mild increase in metabolic activity and relaxes heart and artery movements. Panaxin stimulates the central organs, heart and blood vessels. Panacene stimulates the medulla centers and relaxes the central nervous system.
Preparation: Ginseng can be taken a number of ways, it can be eaten by chewing a piece the thickness of a pencil and about 1 inch long, saliva helps activate its qualities. (therefore capsulas are not as effective). Chinese Ginseng tea can be slowly sipped, it is made by boiling 1 teaspoon of root fibers in a pint of water for 10 mins, after several uses the fibers can be eaten. An old French recipe for love wine that can be made at home is...2 pints chablis, 1 crush ounce of vanilla bean, one ounce cinamon chips, one once of dried rubarb, and one of Ginseng (can be substituted with Mandrake), Leave to stand for at least two weeks, then strain through cheesecloth.
Ritual Use: Daily intake of Ginseng as a general sexual tonic, may be considered as important as brushing ones teeth. it certainly formed an intristic part of Taoist orientation towards sex. Taoist magicians believe in the importance of the balance of Yin (female)and Yang (male) elements in the act of love. To this end they practiced sex as a form of meditiation which could last for several days. In order top maintain their vigour, they sought to remain in philosophical calm, in doing so they increased sensitivity to every part of the body. Masters of the more advanced Taoist Techniques delved into the problem of not wasting their essence devising ways to prolong pleasure and stave of release. As physicians they prescribed herbs and medicines to restore Vitality and virility. Taoist Sages also considered what sexual positions were most effective as cures for specific ailments..