Notoginseng (Panax notoginseng ) is a kind of ginseng different from panax ginseng. It grows in the southern regions of China. Notoginseng is also called tsenychchi or sanchez ginseng in the TCM and its use is somewhat different from the panax ginseng.
Like ginseng, also notoginseng is a long-lived plant whose root requires 6 years of growth to full maturity. Cheaper notoginseng is grown for a shorter period, but at least 3 years. Notoginseng is processed analogously to panax ginseng, either by drying (dried notoginseng), or by steaming and subsequent drying (prepared notoginseng). In the TČM, a steamed version is usually used, the benefits of which are the same as for panax ginseng (higher durability and higher proportion of hydrolyzed panaxosides).
The main active substances of notoginsengu are the same as ginseng of the right- triterpenoid saponins called panaxosides and ginsenosides. In composition, notoginseng is quite similar to panax ginseng, but the TČM has a specific use for him. Notoginseng is a regular, panaxosides containing member of the Panax genus and its effects resemble the panax ginseng. Because information on its effects could be interpreted as a "health claim" according to Regulation 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, please inform others about the effects of notoginseng.
Notoginseng is best used in combination with other herbs as instructed by the TČM practitioner. But it can also be used on its own - it is, after all, a specific kind of ginseng and so can be enjoyed. Prepare it by infusing it in hot water. Usually about 8g (4-5 slices) are poured into 1/4 liter of water per dose. Notoginseng (as well as other adaptogens) can also be used in the preparation of dishes. Notoginseng is best to use the practice of the TCM as instructed.