Ginseng: These processed ginseng roots are as hard as a rock.  To make a tea they have to be ground....(more ginseng)

Chinese uses.

Great video resource for Chinese herbs and their uses:  Natural Health with Medicinal Herbs and Healing Foods (1 hour)

This old sausage grinder is just the thing to make powder from rock hard processed ginseng.

Patents: Allergic reaction

Whole aerial parts American ginseng.  Last wild stand in our area, Wood Lake Boy Scout Reservation.
Dwarf ginseng, to right and below (Panax trifolius L.) was used by Native Americans in same way as its larger cousin:  root tea or whole plant tea to treat: tuberculosis, arthritis, gout, indigestion, hepatitis.

Root was chewed for relieving headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, stress, nerves, fainting spells.