It is believed that the ginseng plant was discovered 5000 years ago in the mountainous region of northern China. Initially used for culinary purposes, the therapeutic properties of this herb were soon identified. The health benefits of ginseng were recognized 3000 years ago. According to the ancient Chinese medicine books, ginseng can invigorate the body and soul and is also beneficial in treating many diseases and disorders. The faith in the medicinal properties of ginseng root was strengthened with the belief that these roots resemble the human body.
The English word 'ginseng' is derived from its Chinese counterpart, 'renshen', which means 'man root'..