Both American and Panax (Asian) Ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants, and in the treatment of type II diabetes, including sexual dysfunction in men. The root is most often available in dried form, either in whole or sliced form. Ginseng leaf, although not as highly prized, is sometimes also used.
This ingredient may also be found in some popular Energy Drinks: usually the "tea" varieties or Functional Foods. It can be found in cosmetic preparations as well.