I've never trusted ginseng. Actually, that's not true; I've just never understood ginseng. Ginseng seems inscrutably Chinese, and even more alien since it was appropriated by vacuous new agers.
I was wrong about ginseng.
Gordon tells me West Virginians grow the best ginseng in the world. He said a good ol' boy gave him some ginseng when he was exhausted, and to his surprise found himself invigorated without the unpleasant side effects of other stimulants.
I must try ginseng, perhaps there really is such a thing as benign pep. If Gordon sings its praises it can't be all bad.