American Ginseng Root
Panax quinquefolius ENDANGERED
While other ginsengs tend to be heating and drying, American ginseng acts as a cooling and moisturizing tonic. In heat-driven conditions, Panax can allay thirst and moistens and revitalizes the body. American ginseng is one of the few Western herbs that practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine use to replenish qi, the body’s vital force. TCM also views American ginseng as an excellent tonic for rebuilding yin, the cool, fluid, receptive aspect of our constitution. Unlike the heating, highly stimulating Chinese ginseng, Panax is classed as an adaptogen, a group of herbs that can prompt body systems to find their own balance. It can be a useful nervous system tonic for those struggling with depletion and poor cognition function due to stress, anxiety, and overwork . It acts as a restorative tonic to the immune and reproductive systems, and supports digestion weakened by nervous tension or dryness. It is also great for dry mouth! American ginseng has been overharvested in the wild, making it pricier than other ginsengs.
*Panax may be unsafe for use during pregnancy and nursing
. This is not a full list of all possible contraindications*