Panax qumquefolius Araliaceae

The chines disocoveredáthe tonic effect of ginsengáthousands of years ago. The perennial's tuberálike rootáresembles a human body- andáin chines , ginseng meansároot man . The spices P. quinquefolius is cultivatedáin the AmericanáMidwestáand exportedáand exported all over the world.

Parts used

  • Roots
  • Roots are gathered in autumn from plants that are 6 or 7 years old . Dried ginseng IS white, scalded ginseng is red
  • Ginseng come in different grades: the price is based on how rich In active components the rootáis.
  • Ginseng IS often mixed with - and sometimes tainted by unrelated chemicalácomponent


The source' of the root's tonic propertlh an terpenes called ginsenosides;, In American ginseng the major ginsenoside present is Rbl

Medicinal uses

Ginseng's botanical name of panx comes, from panacea, a Greek word meaning all-healing, and the root has long been used as a cure all. Ginseng is renowned for its energy giving properties. It is thought to combat fatigue and is often used as a stimulant.The root has been the subject of numerous experiments. Research is promising: ginseng appears to have several beneficial effects on humans.It is an anabolic substance and stimulates the synthesis of proteins. And Italian clinicaltrials conducted in 1986 found that ginseng improved mental performance on several levels.

Many alternative practitioners regard ginseng as a valuable way of relieving both physical and mental stress. It is prescribed for nervous exhaustion and to help recovery during convalescence. It may be taken on its own or combined with other stimulant plants such as tea and cola, and with vitamins.

Ginseng may be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. In 1987 Chinese studies found that ginseng stimulates insulin release, and a 1988 study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine found that ginseng increases the number of insulin receptors in bone marrow.


  • No toxicitv recorded to date.
  • Prolonged use may cause u ,wal1tecl hormonal effects such as pr'iod pnblems, nervous tension am hYPE'l'~ension.
  • Do not exceed the equivalent ot 29 of powder a day, and limit treatment periods to one month, followed by two months off.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
  • Do not give to pre-pubescent. Children
  • Avoid if suffering from obesity, insomnia or high blood pressure.


Sow seeds in spring. Ginseng likes a cool climate, a shady position and a warm, damp, rich, well-drained soil.


For internal use

TO TREAT stress, nervous exhaustion CAPSULES (SOOmg) Take 2 capsules with breakfast and 2 with a midday meal. INFUSION Add 1 dessertspoon dried root to a cup of boiling water. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Drink 2-4 cups a day.



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