Traditional Chinese Medicine: the rise of ginseng

The pharmacological properties of ginseng have been studied and used for more than 2,000 years.

Ginseng has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine to boost immunity and lower blood sugar, but recent research suggests a new reason to consume the plant: to perk up, quite literally, a man's sex life.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013, 6:23pm

Store thieves in Richmond, Vancouver target ginseng

CCTV footage from the Tung Yun Tong Herbal store in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, captures the thieves. Photos: SCMP

Canadian federal police are investigating a spate of thefts targeting Vancouver-area Chinese herbal medicine shops, in which brazen criminals made off with ginseng and other products worth tens of thousands of dollars.

24 Dec 2012 - 9:06am

Complaints soar at shoddy sales tactics

Complaints against unscrupulous sales tactics by shops selling expensive ginseng and dried seafood have soared despite a law against unclear pricing and quantity labels, the Consumer Council said yesterday.

The council received 305 complaints against the shops last year, a rise of 34 per cent from 2010. Almost all of the complaints were filed by tourists.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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5 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Kentucky at root of ginseng crisis

The price in Hong Kong for wild American ginseng could increase due to a cut in exports from Kentucky, one of the medicinal herb's biggest producing states in the US, a local dealer said.

17 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Longevity Man

A 'Longevity Man' made with 2,374 pieces of sun-dried ginseng is a feature of a display of traditional Chinese medicines at an exhibition in Mongkok. The world's tallest wild Herba Cistanches is also on display. The exhibits were provided by the Baptist University, which co-organised the event.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Boat chase nets ginseng

Police have seized 1.8 tonnes of smuggled American ginseng, worth $2.4 million, from a speedboat following a high-speed night pursuit off Sha Tau Kok.

The ginseng was found aboard an abandoned speedboat, one of seven police spotted in Starling Inlet speeding towards the mainland without navigation lights at 2.30am on Wednesday.

26 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Be careful what you ask for, abalone lovers warned

People buying sliced abalone to cook as a Lunar New Year delicacy should be careful or they might end up with an inferior product. The Consumer Council has received several complaints in the past year from people who thought they were buying abalone and ended up with sliced whelk, a large sea snail.

15 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

City Briefs

Burglars steal ginseng, seafood worth $300,000

Ginseng and dried seafood worth about $300,000 was stolen from a shop in Argyle Street, Mongkok. Police suspect burglars broke into another shop next door and then knocked a hole through a wall to enter the ginseng shop. They said $135 in coins was also stolen.

9 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Festival of delights

This year's Hong Kong Food Expo, held from August 12 to 16 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, was accompanied by the usual massive crowds, kitsch and ear-shattering noise. The majority of the non-Hong Kong exhibitors were from the mainland , which meant there were displays of dried meats and seafood and an impressive selection of tea.

29 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Warrior horse tramples all over Viagra

Lo Down's intellectual curiosity was recently troubled by a reader's question: what is the most popular anti-impotence drug in Hong Kong?

3 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Shop pair held over drugging

A private doctor's nurse was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital for observation last night after she alleged she had been drugged while shopping at a medical and dried seafood shop in Mongkok.

Lee Wai-fan, 45, wanted to buy herbal medicine to make soup and employees tried to coax her into buying ginseng and dried abalone slices.

26 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Still the best for high-end shopping

Despite the apparent failure of the Mega Sale promotion, mainland visitors say Hong Kong is still their favourite destination for shopping trips.

While the weak economy has seen thousands of Hong Kong people leaving the territory for Shenzhen every weekend on bargain-hunting trips, hundreds of well-off mainlanders make the reverse trip to shop for upmarket products.

28 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Raid costs herb shop $600,000

Abalone and bird's nests worth $600,000 were stolen from a herb and ginseng shop in Kai Man Path, Tuen Mun. The thieves broke into a grocery shop next door, smashed a hole in a wall and then climbed into the herb shop. A total of $1,000 was stolen from the grocery.

3 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Lai See

Today's quiz: Where in Hong Kong can you go to enjoy 'Gallic culinary traditions' in an atmosphere that offers lively interior design and soothing music? A) Le Tire Bouchon restaurant.

B) Lai See's flat.

C) An underground parking lot in Admiralty.

D) A French toast stall in Mongkok.

12 May 2000 - 12:00am