Information on American Ginseng

Latin NamePanax quinquefolius
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTinctures, tablets, capsules, teas, bulk herb, powder. Buy organically-grown or woods-grown as a first choice.
AffectsEndocrine system, Digestive system, Nervous system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn upright three-pronged plant with up to five leaflets on each prong. Produces red berries in the fall. Grows in deep hardwood forests of the eastern U.S.
DescriptionAmerican ginseng is an excellent herb for people who have chronic fatigue, depression, and general weakness due to overwork and stress. It balances hormones and protects the adrenals. American ginseng is also useful for digestive weakness and irritable bowel syndrome. In Chinese medicine it is considered a "yin tonic." It is less warming and stimulating than red ginsengs, which should not be taken by young people or when there are signs of heat, such as headaches and rashes.

American ginseng has a taste of SWEET, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by American Ginseng

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Adrenals, weaktonifies weak adrenalscapsules, tablets, tea, or tincture
Fatiguestimulating tonictincture, capsule, tablet
Attention Deficit Disorderadaptogen, hormone tonictincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Tinnitishormone tonic, metabolic regulatortincture, tea, capsules or tablets
Nervous exhaustionhormone, nerve toniccapsules, tablets, tea


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