Scientific Name:Panax quinquefolium
About this Herb:Native to eastern North America and as far south as Georgia, Ginseng is endangered in the U.S.. However, it is cultivated in some places including China. A slow growing perennial plant with a smooth erect stem of 1 to 2 feet in height that is topped with three large leaves divided 4-5 or 3-7 sharp toothed oblong lance- shaped leaflets. Tiny yellowish-green lightly scented flowers grows in the leaf axil and are replaced by 2 seeded red berries.
Common Names:American Ginseng, Xiyangshen, Five-fingers, Five Fingers Root, Five-Leafed Ginseng, Garantogen, Jen-shen, Panax, Pannaq, Redberry, Sang
Uses:American Ginseng has a calming effect and Asian Ginseng has a stimulating effect. Therefore, if one has hypertension or feels stressed they should avoid the Asian type. Asian Ginseng is used as an aphrodisiac, an energy booster and is thought to prolong life. American Ginseng is used as an anti-inflammatory, to calm the nerves and lower stress. It has also been determined to aid those suffering from COPD.
Applications:Capsule: Follow dosages on bottle.
Tea: Drink up to 2 cups a day.