Also known by its Chinese name, Huaqishen
Araliaceae - The
Perennial herbaceous plant
It grows to a height of 1 - 2 feet
The palmate leaves circle
a straight stem and bear five long, oval
leaflets, approximately five inches long. The two lateral
leaflets appear smaller than the three terminal leaflets.
Each leaflet is finely toothed and sharply pointed at the
end. The age of the plant is determined by the number of
stems. Each year, a new stem grows from the rhizome. A
mature plant is easily identified by the fact that it has 4
stems each of five leaflets.
Straight unbranched stem
A thick fleshy rhizome sometimes
splitting into numerous lobes.
Small clustered greenish yellow flowers grow on a single
In late summer A red droop styled fruit
All members of the Panax genus appear
to function in the same manner. As a matter of fact, Chinese
Ginseng is sold mainly in the US, while American Ginseng is
exported for use in China, as it is thought to be more
potent. To me this seems to be an instance of the grass
being greener on the other side of the fence.
Under the canopy of deciduous forests. It
prefers full to slightly dappled shade. You can find it in loamy,
deep, moist not wet, well-drained soil. Look for it on slopes.
Wild Food Uses:
The root can be sliced thin and sautéed and
eaten with other vegetables in a stir fry, or it can be steeped in
water for a wonderful tea. It can also be sliced lengthwise, steamed
and eaten as one would asparagus. Eating Ginseng is a marvelous way
to achieve its healthful properties.
The following text is
meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or
treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other
qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of
any illness or injury.
The Panax genus has been used for thousands
of years to improve the body's ability to adapt to stress of any sort,
including infection, mental stress, or fatigue. It has also been
used to restore the proper function of the body, to fight
inflammation, to lower cholesterol, to sooth inflamed or irritated
tissue, and as a muscle relaxant. I can personally attest to
American Ginseng's ability to improve endurance, energy, and
stamina. It has also been said to help support the function of the
heart and the liver. Ginseng has a tendency to act upon the respiratory
system and is therefore useful for the treatment of asthma.
Perhaps the most well known function of Ginseng is to increase sexual potency or excitement.
Clinical studies have shown that it functions very well as a
sexual tonic for both men and women. Ginseng improves the blood
flow throughout the body. This means that is also increases blood
flow to the sexual organs, resulting in increased tumescence in
men, and increased engorgement of the clitoris and vulva in women.