* Araliaceous Shrubs
Araliaceous Shrubs are also called Acanthopanax in generic
term. Acantho means that it has thorns and Panax means that
it treats all illnesses. Therefore, it is `a thornful plant
that treats all illnesses`. Araliaceous shrubs are arbors
that lose their leaves in winter. They were started to be
studied as healthy food in the former Soviet Union in early 1960s.
They were called Syberian Ginseng in the Soviet Union, 刺五加
(Jaoga) in China, and Araliaceous Shrubs in Korea.
Araliaceous shrubs resemble mountain ginseng in appearance.
Their leaves are almost identical to those of mountain ginseng.
They both grow in deep mountain shades with high humidity,
but mountain ginseng is a perennial plant whereas Araliaceous shrubs
According to the Soviet Union and China, Araliaceous shrubs scientifically
have extraordinary efficacies considering their wide distribution,
easy cultivation, chemical substances, medical contents, contribution
to metabolism, dosage, and possible side effects and have been used
for foods, medicine, and cosmetics. The Soviet Union used
to export over US $50 million worth of Araliaceous shrubs to the
US a year.
A science magazine in England once introduced how the Soviet
Union had its national players for the Moscow Olympics drink special
Araliaceous shrub extract as a special issue and Germany and Japan
started selling its extract as a healthy supplement.
Araliaceous shrubs that are widely enjoyed around the world as
a healthy supplement were also introduced in Korean market as extracts
or drinks, but are no longer produced as Korea has insufficient
A drink type in vinyl bags is still produced, but it contains
Araliaceous shrubs with Eucommia ulmoides, dried Achyranthes japonica,
Ligusticum hultenii, and Cornus officinalis. It is still popular
as MSG-free health supplement.