Photos of Panax quinquefolius fruiting plants, American ginseng plants in fruit.

Panax quinquefolius, American ginseng plants in fruit. A member of the Araliaceae (ginseng family) found in rich woods in eastern North America. Root considered demulcent, tonic. Research suggests it may increase mental efficiency and physical performance. Ginseng’s effect is adaptogenic—tending to return the body to normal while increasing resistance to adverse influences to the body. Ginseng has also long been considered an aphrodisiac.

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