herbals american-ginseng

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American Ginseng

Scientific:Panax quinquefolius
Other:American Ginseng; Canadian ginseng

Indications

Used in Asian medicine to tonify qi, nourish yin, and cool fire from yin deficiency. Milder and less stimulating than Panax ginseng.

Endocrine
• stress
diabetes mellitus type 2

Respiratory
colds
flu
• hemoptysis

Nervous
• physical and mental exhaustion

Cancer
• chemotherapy and radiation (adjunct)
- immunosuppression
- leukopenia
- neutropenia
- fatigue

Gastrointestinal
• decreased appetite
• poor digestion

Actions

adaptogen
immunomodulator
• tonic
stimulant
sedative
hypoglycemic
anticancer

Constituents

• Terpenoids
• Steroidal glycosides (ginsenosides)

Posology

• Decoction (dried herb): 3-9 g bid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

Interactions

Anticoagulants (Coumadin) - may interact.

References

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Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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