Get to Know Ginseng and Other Herbs

Get to Know Ginseng and Other Herbs

This blog post is one that came by request. New followers on social media and people who were curious about our products reached out to ask questions about our company, our products and our mission. There’s nothing we love more than talking about those three topics!

Are you new to the world of herbs? Curious about Traditional Chinese Medicine? Stumbled here through a Google search? Welcome! We’re here to help.

Here’s a rundown of exactly what you need to know about ginseng and every single herbal ingredient we use in our products. Consider this your Tl;dr version of choosing herbal supplements for quality and potency. (That stands for “too long, didn’t read,” FYI!)

Who We Are

We’re NuTraditions, and we make herbal products that are convenient and high-tech yet rooted in tradition. We’re inspired by a rich family history in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the entrepreneurial spirit of our home state of California and a desire to help people live better.

For three generations, our founder Wilson Lu’s family has built a reputation for sourcing sustainable, high-quality traditional herbs that are extensively tested for safety and efficacy. Every NuTraditions herb can be traced back to a single origin — and all ingredients are sourced from the locations where they thrive.

Read more: The Story of NuTraditions

It’s OK to Ask Us: What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

TCM sees you as a complete, scaled-down version of the universe. (Remember that the next time you feel like you’re only one person or a little rundown!) The entire goal of this ancient, nuanced practice is to maintain/restore balance or equilibrium in your mind, body and spirit. Turns out, all that ancient wisdom is incredibly relevant to today’s busy, overscheduled, go-go-go world!

Read more: What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

What We Make

We make herbal products for your busy, modern life. Our products are infused with potent organic herbal extracts, but they’re in formats that are innovative. Our company was inspired by our founder’s own journey to balance his busy life as a business owner with new parenthood.

Everything we make needs to:

  • Work with your busy modern life
  • Be as potent as possible
  • Honor the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Good Morning Sunshine™ Coffee + Adaptogens: Fair Trade, organic coffee pods infused with organic red ginseng extract, to fight fatigue with more than just caffeine.* They’re ready at the touch of a button!

Read more: 6 Ways to Feel Less Fatigue Now

Hello DreamsSleep Strips with Melatonin & Calm Down™ Herbal Blend: Fast-acting strips you place on your tongue (to let melt then swallow) 5-10 minutes before bedtime to quiet the mind, drift into deep slumber and awake restored.*

Read more: 11 Things to Try to (Finally) Get a Good Night’s Sleep

NuTraditions Good Morning Sunshine adaptogen + coffee with ginseng

NuTraditions Ingredients


We use single-origin Arabica coffee meticulously grown on small-scale farms in renowned coffee-growing regions. Our Guatemalan coffee thrives in Quetzaltenango, while our Colombian coffee comes from the coastal Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.

Both coffees are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade-certified and smoothly delicious.


Known as the King of Adaptogens, ginseng is a potent herb that’s highly valued in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ginseng has been used for millennia in TCM to support health and well-being in numerous ways.

In TCM, ginseng is used:

  • To manage physical stress*
  • To support physical stamina*
  • To promote concentration*
  • To support immune system function*
  • To promote healthy aging and longevity*
  • As a tonic herb, meaning it helps support overall well-being.*

Our ginseng is a thick liquid herbal extract, which helps infuse the optimal amount of ginseng’s beneficial components into each cup.

Read more: Here’s What You Need to Know About Ginseng – and Why to Take It

That covers Good Morning Sunshine™ — now let’s look at Hello Dreams™.

Sour Jujube Date Seed

Jujube (Suan Zao Ren in TCM) promotes deep, tranquil slumber by reducing irritability and mental distress as well as taming physical tension and restlessness.* It’s one of the most valuable fruits in China – and the herbal hero in our Calm Down™ Herbal Blend.


Poria (Fu Ling in TCM) is a mushroom supports Jujube’s sedating action.* It gently calms and soothes the mind and nervous system.*

Licorice Root

Licorice (Gan Cao in TCM) is a balancing herb that encourages synergy among the stronger-acting herbs.* It adds a nourishing, natural sweetness to the overall formula.* The same sweet herb used in retro sweets, licorice has been a valued herbal ingredient in various cultures, dating back to ancient Egypt, China and Assyria!

Szechuan Lovage Rhizome

A relative of carrots, Szechuan Lovage (Chuan Xiong in TCM) is a warming herb known for its ability to help provide bodily ease and support for those with occasional sleeplessness.* In TCM, it is a fundamental, highly valued herb.

Anemarrhena Rhizome

Anemarrhena (Zhi Mu in TCM) is a cooling herb that works with Jujube Seed and Szechuan Lovage Rhizome to prepare the body for sleep by calming the overactive mind and supporting circulation.* It’s a member of the lily family.


Luohanguo is this herb’s TCM name. It is commonly known as “monkfruit,” and this ingredient was added to this formula for its flavor-enhancing and balancing powers.

Read more: Get to Know the 6 Herbs in Our Calm Down™ Blend

Herbs Designed for Busy People

When it comes to herbal supplements, trust matters. That’s why we wanted to share a little more about our company, our values and our reason for being.

Our founder’s grandmother, Dr. Bing Yin Lee, earned her medical degree in 1935 and was one of California’s first licensed acupuncturists. Her herbal wisdom inspired NuTraditions – and everything we do strives to honor her legacy.

We believe in the power of herbs – and in the wisdom deeply rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. But we also know that life is busier than ever, so our products effortless slide into your existing habits instead of becoming something else on your to-do list. We know you don’t have time for that. We also know that managing stress, fighting fatigue and getting a good night’s sleep are top priorities for you – but achieving those goals needs to be easy.

Read more: How to Choose Quality Herbal Supplements


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.