Standardized: American Ginseng
Other: xi yang shen
Panax quinquefolius L.
Plant Family: Araliaceae
We are grateful for your interest in our new Forest Grown American Ginseng Leaf. We are proud to offer the first Certified Forest Grown American Ginseng Leaf in partnership with the United Plant Savers. This new project brings us organically grown ginseng leaves that are cultivated in their native ecosystem. The leaves are sustainably harvested from private forests under stewardship from farmers dedicated to preserving this important medicinal plant for the future.
Each tin is filled with 4 grams of whole leaf that has been collected from 25-30 year old plants that are maintained for seed stock.
Ginseng leaves are currently not well known in the global herb trade. To gain some insight into why this is, we need look to the history of trading herbs overseas. The tradition of using only the ginseng root evolved at a time when crude herb was kept in burlap sacks and shipped to the Far East. The leaves cannot take that kind of treatment, but the root can, and this is the reason that usage of the root achieved widespread popularity while usage of the leaves was confined to the fringes. American ginseng leaves were, in fact, widely used by the indigenous cultures of eastern North America. These cultures have a traditional philosophy of using the whole plant for medicine, and we are offering the leaves so that our customers can achieve this as well. Modern scientific studies have indicated that the leaves actually contain greater concentrations of the same active constituents as compared to the root. And since there is not a great demand for the leaves worldwide, this enables people to enjoy the many health benefits of American ginseng at a fraction of the cost of the root.
Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% from every sale of this ginseng leaf to the United Plant Savers. We believe that supporting this effort can change the culture of ginseng throughout Appalachia, transforming the epidemic of black market poaching into a stewarded forest crop with sustainability as the guiding force.
We thank you for supporting conservation through cultivation!
History And Folklore
There are few plants in the world that possess the rich history and lore of the ginsengs. Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) has likely been used as medicine since the dawn of civilization in Asia; its first written mention came in the first century B.C. and the earliest mention of ginseng in formal Chinese medical literature was in The Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica, written in the first century A.D. American ginseng first became known in 1711 through the writings of a Jesuit missionary to Beijing named Pere Jartoux. Interestingly, Jartoux had also spent some time in eastern Canada, and had observed the botanical similarities between the forests and mountains of eastern Canada and the forests and mountains of Jilin province in eastern China where Asian ginseng grows prolifically. He speculated that if ginseng were to be found anywhere else, it would be in eastern Canada. Joseph Francois Lafitau, a Jesuit missionary based in eastern Canada, was influenced by Jartoux’s writings and set out to find ginseng in the West. Lafitau was unsuccessful in his attempts to locate ginseng in the woods, and sought counsel with the local indigenous population. Legend has it that one of these people walked a few feet away and brought him one of the roots. At the time of this discovery, the Chinese stock of wild ginseng was becoming rare due to overharvesting, and there was an eager market that was willing to import American ginseng by the ton. And thus the American ginseng trade was born in earnest. Unfortunately, history has a way of repeating itself, and American ginseng soon became rare in eastern Canada and the United States due to overharvesting.
The vast majority of research regarding ginseng has been conducted on the Asian variety, rather than the American. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, American ginseng is considered to be a mild chi tonic which moisturizes the system and reduces heat while building strength. American ginseng also supports a healthy response to stress*, making it a valuable ally to the modern lifestyle.
The use of warfarin and American ginseng may reduce the efficacy of warfarin and should be used under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.