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.
 
Toxicity
American ginseng may cause asthmatiform episodes, arrhythmias, palpitations, hypertension and postmenopausal bleeding.

Panax

(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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Increased temperature increase leaf senescence and root secondary metabolite concentrations in the understory herb Panax quinquefolius (Araliaceae).
Red American ginseng: ginsenoside constituents and antiproliferative activities of heat-processed Panax quinquefolius roots.
Wang LJ, Li PY, Zhao CF, Li, X (2000) Studies on the chemical constituents in the fruit of Panax quinquefolius.
Key words: Panax quinquefolius, North American ginseng, TNF[alpha], ginsenosides, polysaccharides, macrophage activation
Regarding the fabled man-root, Ginseng, believed to have been used by the Chinese for at least 2000 years, this tome informs us that "It comes from a plant called Panax quinquefolius.
There are eight Panax species, but only two, Panax ginseng (Chinese ginseng) and Panax quinquefolius (American ginseng) are used commercially.