It’s a herbaceous vivacious plant with tuberose
roots that might be very large. Branches are of 30 to 50 cm with palmate 5-leaflets
leaves. Whitish flowers grouped in umbels (composed by 15-30 tiny flowers). The
fruit is a small berry, red with 2 seeds.
Spontaneous plant of Nepal,
Manchuria, Siberia and Korea.
In America it can be found
in the eastern part of the country from Canada
It requires plenty of sunlight and a shady
land. Roots are to be harvested when they are long enough after 4-6 years of
cultivation. On the other hand, in the wild roots are decades old. It is
harvested in spring and autumn, rootlets are detached. It is often treated with
boiling water for a couple of minutes and left to dry at a temperature lower
(Ginseng radix), formed by main, secondary and capillary roots.
> Physical and mental tiredness,
asthenia, convalescences. Clinical trials show that ginseng root is able
to increase physical and intellectual capacities, as well as reaction ones.
These effects are not immediate. It is recommended in geriatric treatments.
> Endocrine and
treatments adjuvant (alcohol, barbiturics, opiaceous).
> Situations where
estrogenic action is required: amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, infertility,
> Type II Diabetes.