Herb latin name: Panax pseudoginseng
Synonyms: Panax pseudo-ginseng
Family: Araliaceae (Ginseng Family)
Medicinal use of Panax pseudoginseng:The roots and the flowers are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, hypoglycaemic and stimulant. The root is used internally in the treatment of indigestion, vomiting, coronary heart disease and angina. The roots are also used both internally and externally in the treatment of nosebleeds, haemorrhages from the lungs, digestive tract and uterus, and injuries. The roots are harvested in the autumn, preferably from plants 6 - 7 years old, and can be used fresh or dried. The flowers are used to treat vertigo and dizziness.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Forests and shrubberies, 2100 - 4300 metres in C. Nepal in the Himalayas. Moist shady places at elevations of 2000 - 3300 metres in Nepal.
Edible parts of Panax pseudoginseng:Young leaves and shoots - cooked as a vegetable. The roots are chewed, used as a flavouring in liqueurs or made into a tea.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow in a shady position in a cold frame preferably as soon as it is ripe, otherwise as soon as the seed is obtained. It can be very slow and erratic to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a shady position in the greenhouse or frame for at least their first winter. Make sure the pots are deep enough to accommodate the roots. Plant out into their permanent positions in late summer. Division in spring.
Cultivation of Panax pseudoginseng:Forests and shrubberies, 2100 - 4300 metres in C. Nepal in the Himalayas. Moist shady places at elevations of 2000 - 3300 metres in Nepal.
Known hazards of Panax pseudoginseng:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.