An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
Ginseng, Pseudo - Panax pseudo-ginseng - family: Araliaceae (Ginseng Family).
This perennial plant grows to about three feet high. It has compound leaves with lance-shaped leaflets. In the late spring and early summer it produces clusters (umbels) of tiny greenish-yellow flowers. The flowers are followed by berries that ripen to a red or red-black in the autumn. Its dried roots have long been used in Asia as a remedy for angina and coronary heart disease. The dried flowers have long been used in Asia as a remedy for dizziness and vertigo. Note: do not use internally if pregnant or nursing. Note: do not use if suffering from high blood pressure. Note: ginseng may cause some medical problems such as anxiety, asthma, headache, higher blood pressure, heart disturbances, insomnia, nervousness, post menopausal bleeding, rashes or tenderness in the breasts. Note: several authorities suggest not taking Ginseng for more than two or three weeks continuously. Note: Ginseng may increase the anti-blood-clotting effects of aspirin and other drugs; it is probably not advisable to ingest Ginseng when taking aspirin or anti-coagulant (blood thinning) drugs. Native to the Himalayan region of India in Asia.
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