panax quinquefolius

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The root is the part you want. White flowers, red fruit, 4-5 leaves. The most famous adaptogen of all herbs. Taking it for several months to a year is far more effective than short term doses. Used for cardiovascular disorders like heart attack, heart disease, lowers high blood pressure. Inhibits growth of liver cancer cells, helps amino acids become protein. Good for anyone drinking alcohol with a damaged stomach lining, because it has polysaccharides that protect against alcohol induced gastric ulcers. Hormone balancer and aphrodisiac for both men and women. Only herb to clinically test as a plant source of testosterone. Increases sperm count. Like viagra, ginseng enhances nitric oxide (NO) synthesis which regulates muscle tone of blood vessels that control flow to the penis, leading to stronger erection for impotent men, and cardiovascular performance for sports and bodybuilding. Supports adrenal and prostate functions. Leaves can be used also, but root is most powerful. Taking too much over time can lead to overstimulation. Do not take if pregnant or high blood pressure. Women One of the top herbs for stress. Helps normalize hormones, especially those that guard against breast cancer, endometriosis and hormone-driven problems. It exerts an estrogen effect on the vaginal mucosa, to prevent thinning of vaginal walls after menopause, and the associated discomfort during intercourse. It’s an aphrodisiac, helps cardiovascular system, has an insulin-like effect for sugar removal, anti-aging, wrinkles, stimulates killer cell activity, good for viruses, HIV, helps detox radiation, heavy metals, pollution, good for depression, insomnia, mental clarity, memory, alertness, learning ability, Alzheimer’s. Needs to be taken long term for noticeable effects.
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Declining abundance of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) documented by herbarium specimens.
Chemopreventive effects of heat-processed Panax quinquefolius root on human breast cancer cells.
Regrowth of goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), for example, is dependent on the size and type of vegetative propagules remaining in the soil (e.g., rootlets and intact, distal, mid- or proximal rhizome fragments; Van der Voort et al., 2003).
(Panax quinquefolius L.) reduces postprandial glycemia in nondiabetic subjects and subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
United Plant Savers, a nonprofit educational organization, has put many popular species such as American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), echinacea (Echinacea ssp) and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) on its list of critically threatened medicinal plants.
Table 1 Some Trace Elements & Botanicals with Hypoglycemic Activity Chromium Vanadium Cinnamon Banaba Leaf Maitake Mushroom Garlic Aloe (Aloe barbadenesis) (1) Bilberry (Vaccinium mytillus) Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-gracum) (1) Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) Gurmar (Gymnema sylvestre) Nopal Cactus (Opuntia streptacanthia Lemaire) (1) Acknowledgments: Fraction SX, whole Maitake powder, and Fraction D were the generous gift of Maitake Products, Inc., Paramus, NJ.
We encountered only 33 Virginia snakeroot (Aristolochia serpentaria L.) ramets and 45 ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) ramets in the entire sampled area (4 ha).
For centuries, roots of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) have been used for medicinal purposes; today, an established international market buys ginseng (Hill and Buck, 2000).
Since the late 1990s the National Toxicology Program has conducted safety studies on a number of plants and botanical compounds, including echinacea, Aloe vera gel, Ginkgo biloba, ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), and kava kava (Piper methysticum), with nominations for more studies still coming in.
In the first study, 9 patients with type 2 diabetes and 10 controls were randomized to receive 3 g of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) or a placebo capsule 40 minutes before or with a 25-g oral glucose challenge test (Arch.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) are both native North American medicinal plants that are threatened by overharvesting due to growing demand and loss of natural habitat.