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Difference Between Panax Ginseng and Siberian Giseng

ginseng1Panax ginseng vs Siberian ginseng

Ginseng is an herb that has many medicinal values and has been in use for thousands of years. The herb comes in various varieties. Coming to panax ginseng and siberian ginseng the two have big difference between them. Siberian ginseng, which is also known as eleuthero Siberian ginseng should not be confused with other ginsengs.

Well, panax ginseng and siberian ginseng belongs to different genus. Panax ginseng belongs to the panax genus and siberian ginseng belongs to Eleutherococcus genus.

First of all, lets see how the two — Panax ginseng and Siberian ginseng — are cultivated and harvested. Panax Ginseng takes about five to nine years for a full growth. The roots become fit to be harvested only after long years. Whereas, the Siberian Ginseng can be harvested in a year.

As Siberian ginseng takes only a year to grow, they are available in larger quantity than the Panax ginseng in the market. Siberian ginsengs are available round the year. Moreover, the Siberian ginseng is cheaper than the Panax ginseng.

The two are also different in their active ingredients present in them. Panax Ginseng contains the active ingredient ginsenosides while the Siberian ginseng does not contain ginsenosides. Instead of ginsenosides, Siberian ginseng contains the active ingredient eleutherosides.

While the Panax Ginseng comes in warm, bitter, pungent characteristics, the Siberian Ginseng has a warm and mild character.

Though considered a ginseng, Siberian Ginseng is not actually a ginseng at all and is considered a different plant.

While the panax ginseng comes with a fleshy root, the Siberian ginseng comes with a woody root.

Panax ginseng is largely found in Asia and North America. Siberian ginseng comes from Siberian region and North East of China.

Summary

1.Panax ginseng belongs to the panax genus and siberian ginseng belongs to Eleutherococcus genus.
2.Panax Ginseng takes about five to nine years for a full growth. Whereas, the Siberian Ginseng can be harvested in a year.
3.Siberian ginsengs are available round the year. Siberian ginseng is cheaper than the Panax ginseng.
4.Panax Ginseng contains the active ingredient ginsenosides. Instead of ginsenosides, Siberian ginseng contains the active ingredient eleutherosides.
5.While the Panax Ginseng comes in warm, bitter, pungent characteristics, the Siberian Ginseng has a warm and mild character.
6.Panax ginseng comes with a fleshy root. The Siberian ginseng comes with a woody root.


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1 Comment

  1. This article is very interesting from the standpoint of taxonomy–I always thought that ginseng was ginseng. My only question would be, what are the intrinsic differences between the two “ginsengs” as far as their medicinal properties. I’ve always heard that Siberian ginseng had more healthful properties, but I often see panax sold more frequently at health-food stores.

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