Herbs Guide

American Ginseng

Family Name: Araliaceae

Botanical Name(s): Panax ginseng, Panax quinquefolius

Popular Name(s): Five Fingers, Tartar Root, Five Leafed Ginseng, Redberry

Parts Used: Root

Habitat: American Ginseng is found in East North America (Canada and the US)

Description: American Ginseng is a perennial herb with a fleshy tuber-like root and grows to a height of 8-24 inches. The plant bears three compound leaves, each composed of five toothed leaflets. Its flowers are greenish white in colour and appear in June-July. The fruits are in the form bright red berries that appear in late summer.

Uses: American Ginseng has anti-fatigue and energy giving properties. The plant is used as a demulcent, panacea and stimulant. It increases resistance of the body to infections and improves energy metabolism.