Also indexed as:Ginseng (Asian), Panax ginseng, Asian Ginseng Root, Ren Shen
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Botanical names:Panax ginseng
Parts Used & Where Grown
Asian ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family, which also includes the closely related American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) and less similar Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus), also known as eleuthero. Asian ginseng commonly grows on mountain slopes and is usually harvested in the fall. The root is used, preferably from plants older than six years of age.
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Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Asian ginseng has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. The first reference to the use of Asian ginseng dates to the 1st century A.D. Ginseng is commonly used by elderly people in the Orient to improve mental and physical vitality.
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