At the same age and with similar quality, wild-simulated ginseng can be a reliable replacement for the precious wild ginseng
Fresh wild-simulated ginseng (10-18 yrs) With similar circular markings, surface textures, and inner structures on the roots, it is almost impossible to distinguish wild-simulated ginseng from wild ginseng.
As a pioneer in environmental protection, the United States has vast forest resources. However, despite increasing market demand for ginseng, only 0.01% of the forest has been used for planting wild-simulated ginseng. As estimated, the yield of wild ginseng has decreased by 10-15% annually. The increasing needs of the market for wild ginseng have not been met, even with the annual 10% production increase of wild-simulated ginseng. It is time for the United States and Canada to fully utilize its ideal environmental conditions by planting wild-simulated ginseng. If planted on a large scale, wild-simulated ginseng could be of great significance to both the economy and human health.
1. Wild-simulated ginseng plants thrive best on slopes of 8-40 degrees, with 5-10% sunshine, and with a fertile humus layer of 8-10 inches of black about his granular loose soil.
Wild-simulated ginseng breeds quickly; generally after 9-10 years, an acre of planted land can produce more than 500 pounds of fresh wild ginseng each year
2. It is recommended to plant ginseng in areas that wild ginseng grew previously, usually in lower parts of mountains or on hillsides. These areas tend to have deciduous trees and smooth water flow.
3. Planting season is September and October. Areas between 34-47 degrees north latitude and 74-98 degrees west longitude are best. Seeds can be treated with a method provided by Dr. Eric Burkart, a doctor of the Plant Sciences Department of Pennsylvania State University. Seeds are to be first soaked in a solution of 10% household chlorine bleach (Higher concentrations of legal pesticides can also be used) and 90% water. Gently stir for no more than 10 minutes and then rinse with water. The chemicals used for this treatment will decompose automatically within a couple of years. Sowing the seeds will require raking the fallen leaves aside. However, be careful not to disturb the soil in order to keep the natural balance of the forest. Plant 3-5 seeds in every square foot. Immediately cover the seeds with leaves to maintain the temperature and moisture of the soil. There is no need to water or tend to the area afterward. Usually, the seed germination rate is above 80%.
Note: It is recommended to plant the thoroughly sterilized seeds in the first year. Because of the tiny clefts in the seeds, they are more vulnerable to bacterial infection in the second year. There is no need to water seeds after planting. After 5 years, wild-simulated ginseng plants can produce 3-10 seeds every year. The germination rate for naturally landed seeds is usually above 50%.
The fallen Autumn leaves will provide a natural thermal layer for the ginseng seeds during the winter. The author tested 11-year-old wild-simulated ginseng and 10-year-old wild ginseng for active ingredients and found that there were no noticeable differences in the clinical effects.
Due to the ounts of wild-simulated ginseng will be used for future prescriptions and home health care in place of wild ginseng.
The value of planting wild-simulated ginseng in the vast forests of the United States has not attracted the attention of the U.S. government yet. Wild-simulated ginseng is not only beneficial to the U.S. national income but also to the improvement of public health. It is my hope that American practitioners of Chinese medicine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, national universities of medicine, concerned patients, wild ginseng planters and diggers will see the benefits of wild-simulated ginseng. Let us join together and urge the U.S. Congress to hold hearings to support the planting of wild-simulated ginseng- nature’s green gold.