Re-posted from Grandmother Diaries

American #Ginseng:  Panax quinquefolius

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

American Ginseng is an herb ‘at risk’. United Plant Savers is an organization founded to help save ‘at risk’ herbs. It is a fountain of information on plants and how you can help.

Why is American Ginseng at risk?

Per United Plants Savers – 

  • Increased deer populations who forage on herbaceous plants
  • The fact that ginseng is slow growing, and reproduces only by seed
  • Poaching in National Parks where harvesting is illegal
  • Loss of habitat due to development and mountain top removal
  • Over-harvesting
  • Invasive plants
  • Change in rural culture and increased economic incentives as the price of wild roots continues to rise

Because this herb is ‘at risk’ those who choose to use it are encouraged to purchase the herb only from those growing it as ‘wild simulated’.

Definition of Wild-Simulated:

Wild-simulated ginseng production is, as the name implies, simply growing ginseng under conditions that mimic those found in the wild.

Those who use American Ginseng are typically very dedicated to it. It has a long history, especially with many Native American tribes. It has a different energy than Chinese or Korean Ginseng and has been used for colic, nausea and chronic coughs. Many herbalists use this herb as an adaptogen to counteract the effects of stress and increase endurance.

The root is the only part of the plant that is used so you can easily understand why it has become ‘at risk’.

Have you used this herb? What did you use it for? Was it effective?