Panax quinquefolius

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Panax quinquefolius

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb, the root of which has been used by Native Americans, Chinese and Indians as a general and immune tonic, and a cure-all for anaemia, asthma, common cold, depression, fatigue, flu, low back pain, stress and other conditions; like Oriental ginseng, American ginseng is said to be an aphrodisiac.
American ginseng may cause asthmatiform episodes, arrhythmias, palpitations, hypertension and postmenopausal bleeding.


(pa'naks?) [L. panax, fr Gr. panax, fr panakes, all-healing]
A genus of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, native to the cooler climates of Korea, northern China, and eastern Siberia, certain species of which are used in alternative medicine. See: ginseng

Panax ginseng

The variety of ginseng used most often in herbal remedies. Synonym: Asian ginseng; Chinese ginseng; Korean ginseng

Panax japonicus

See: Japanese ginseng

Panax notoginseng

A species native to China and Japan, used in Chinese medicine to treat blood deficiencies and as a hemostatic.
Synonym: Panax pseudoginseng

Panax pseudoginseng

Panax notoginseng.

Panax quinquefolius

See: American ginseng

Panax quinquefolius,

n American ginseng. See ginseng.
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Population dynamics of the American ginseng Panax quinquefolium (Araliaceae).
Cytotoxic polyacetylenes, PQ-2 (79), and PQ-3 (80), from Panax quinquefolium exhibited strong cytotoxic activities against leukemia cells (L-1210) in tissue culture (Fujimoto et al.
American ginseng or Panax quinquefolium is a North American native but has been used for years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various conditions from psychiatric disorders to diabetes mellitus.
Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) and Panax quinquefolium (North American ginseng) both are reported to possess antihyperglycemic properties.
Its main ingredients are similar to those present in the two other well-known species of the same genus herb: Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng) and Panax quinquefolium (American ginseng) (Wang et al.
The present study was performed to clarify whether the crude saponins from stems and leaves of Panax quinquefolium inhibited lipase activity in vitro, and prevented obesity induced in mice by feeding a high-fat diet for 8 weeks.