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Ginseng Root Whole

  • Panax quinquefolius
  • Origin: Canada
Ginseng Root Whole


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Common Name

Standardized: American ginseng
Other: xi yang shen

Botanical Name

Panax quinquefolius L.
Plant Family: Araliaceae


There are actually three different herbs commonly called ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), and Siberian "ginseng" (Eleutherococcus senticosus), the latter herb having many of the same effects as the first two even though it is in a different plant family. American ginseng is grown in the Eastern portion of North America, along the entire eastern seaboard, from Quebec to Florida. Unlike Asian ginseng, which has "warming" properties, American ginseng has "cooling" properties and is noted for its thirst quenching effects. Native Americans in North America used it in the exact same way as the Chinese, as a preventative. When it was first discovered that ginseng did grow wild in North America, it became quite a big business. Daniel Boone, American folk hero and frontiersman, was known as a fur trader, but he actually made quite a fortune selling wild harvested ginseng.

Parts Used

The mature root, washed, dried and cut.

Typical Preparations

Teas, extracts, or in capsules, and it is commonly found as an ingredient in soft drinks.


The vast majority of research regarding ginseng has been conducted on the Asian variety, rather than the American. The two species contain very similar properties and are often used interchangeably by herbalists. The American variety is in fact heavily prized in Asian communities where it is more difficult to find. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the cited sources below are in reference to Asian ginseng, and not the American ginseng that we carry.


Specific: The use of warfarin and American ginseng may reduce the efficacy of warfarin and should be used under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.