American Ginseng

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Botanical names:
Panax quinquefolius

Parts Used & Where Grown

Like its more familiar cousin Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), the root of American ginseng is used medicinally. The plant grows wild in shady forests of the northern and central United States, as well as in parts of Canada. It is cultivated in the United States, China, and France.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for Amount Why
Common Cold and Sore Throat
400 mg per day of a freeze-dried extract 2 stars [2 stars] In a double-blind study, supplementing with American ginseng significantly reduced the number of colds that people experienced over a four-month period.
Type 2 Diabetes
3 grams with or following meals 2 stars [2 stars] Supplementing with American ginseng may help improve blood sugar control.
Refer to label instructions 1 star [1 star] American ginseng supports the immune system and protects against microbes.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Many Native American tribes used American ginseng. Medicinal applications ranged from digestive disorders to sexual problems.1 The Chinese began to use American ginseng after it was imported during the 1700s.2 The traditional applications of American ginseng in China are significantly different from those for Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng).3

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