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American Ginseng Root

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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American Ginseng Root


American Ginseng Root contains ginsenosides, substances that provide medicinal properties to ginseng. American Ginseng Root is knotted and light tan in color that usually looks like a human figure with gristly shoots for its legs and arms.

The American ginseng plant’s leaves grow in a loop around a straight stem. Its flowers are yellowish-green that are umbrella-shaped with red berries in the center. The age of the plant is determined by the wrinkles around the neck of the American Ginseng Root. The age of the plant is crucial since the plant should be used once it has grown for at least six years.

American Ginseng Root is very expensive and hard to find in the wild. Today, it is being cultivated on farms in order to protect wild American ginseng from being overharvested.

History and Origin

The American Ginseng Root is found in the central and eastern hardwood forests of the Appalachian Mountains extending northward into Eastern Canada. Ginseng favors a cool temperate weather and does best in moist, rich, and well-drained woods that are sloping.
The American Ginseng Root or Panax quinquefolius, was originally imported into China through subtropical Guangzhou. Most North American Ginseng Root is produced in Ontario, British Columbia, and in Wisconsin in the USA.

Ancient Uses

American Ginseng Root is taken orally as an adaptogen, nourishing stimulant, aphrodisiac, and in the treatment of diabetes. American Ginseng Root is also used for sexual dysfunction in men, as a libido enhancer, and to facilitate penile erection. It is also used as an ingredient for popular energy drinks, usually in tea varieties.
Based on traditional Chinese medicine, American Ginseng Root promotes energy, cleans and calms the body. It is also effective in treating various strains of influenza.

Modern Uses

American Ginseng Root has been proven to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It is also effective in inhibiting tumor growth as it possesses dominant anti-cancer properties. American Ginseng Root is also good for treating Colds and flu. Several scientists believe that American Ginseng Root is effective in enhancing the human immune system. Clinical studies have shown that the ginseng improved the function of the cells used for immunity. Although more research should be done, some studies have shown that American Ginseng Root in combination with ginkgo can treat ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. American Ginseng Root is also used as an anti-inflammatory medicine. It is also used in enhancing libido and copulatory performance.

Side Effects

Use of American Ginseng Root should be under the supervision of a health care provider that is highly qualified in the field of herbal medicine. Side-effects are uncommon, but may include Insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety, restlessness, diarrhea, euphoria, Headache, vomiting, breast pain, nosebleed, and vaginal bleeding.

People with bipolar disorder are not advised to take American Ginseng Root because it may boost the risk of mania. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and those with a history of cancer should also not take American ginseng.

If you will undergo any surgery, stop taking American Ginseng Root at least seven days before the procedure and probably even after because American ginseng is a blood thinner.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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