China’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has allowed cultivated ginseng to be used in food products across the nation, a move seen as a good opportunity for the development of the country’s ginseng industry.
In 2002, MOH created a list outlining three categories of herbs those that could be used as food, as health food and only as medicine. Before this announcement, ginseng was only permitted to be used in the registered health products and medicine categories.
During the International Conference on Ginseng held in Changchun, Jilin Province, ginseng expert Professor Zhang Lianxue said, “Many ginseng growers are expected to benefit from the new policy, which will help China’s ginseng industry to increase its international competitiveness.”
Dubbed the “king of herbs,” ginseng is considered to be nutritious and to have great medical value in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It has been used as a tonic in TCM for over 3,000 years.
Ginseng is grown in other East Asia countries as well as in the U.S. and Canada known as American ginseng, but the world’s largest production site is located on Changbai Moutain in Jilin Province, which accounts for 85 percent of China’s total production and 70 percent of the world’s output.