Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
Ginseng is the root of plants in the genus Panax, such as Korean ginseng (P. ginseng), South China ginseng (P. notoginseng), and American ginseng (P. quinquefolius), typically characterized by the presence of ginsenosides and gintonin. One of the first written texts covering the use of ginseng as a medicinal herb was the Shen-Nung Pharmacopoeia, written in China in 196 AD.
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius, Panacis quinquefolis) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the ivy family, commonly used as Chinese or traditional medicine. It is native to eastern North America, though it is also cultivated in China. Since the 18th century, American ginseng has been primarily exported to Asia, where it is highly valued for perceived superior quality and sweet taste.
Ginseng contains dammarane-type ginsenosides, or saponins, as the major biologically active constituents.
The plant's root and leaves were used in traditional medicine by Native Americans. There is no evidence that American ginseng is effective against the common cold or how severe the infections are. There is tentative evidence that it may lessen the length of sickness when used preventively.
Applied to the skin, Ginseng Root Extract delivers numerous antioxidant compounds, including various flavonoids, and B vitamins. Research has also shown that topical application of ginseng root boosts skin hydration, diminishes rough texture, helps fade uneven skin tone, and help visibly improve wrinkles by working within skin to bolster its natural firmness. (1)
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