American ginseng Organically grown

American ginseng (Panax quinquefoliusPanacis quinquefolis) is a herbaceous perennial plant in the ivy family, commonly used as Chinese or herbal medicine. It is native to eastern North America, though it is also cultivated in places such as China.

American Ginseng is the worlds most prized ginseng. We offer hard to find organically grown roots in Canada. Our seeds, when available, are sealed in double wrapped zipper bags and stored refrigerated. Like many spices, Ginseng requires cold stratification for seed germination.

5 grams/$7.98
10 gm/$12.98
30 grams/$34.98
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The aromatic root of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) resembles a small parsnip that forks as it matures. The plant grows 6″ to 18″ tall, usually bearing three leaves, each with three to five leaflets, 2″ to 5″ long.

Medical Uses

There is no evidence that American ginseng is effective in those infected with the common cold. The effect of preventive use is not clear. When used preventively it makes no difference in the rate of infections. It also appears to have no effect on how severe the infections are. There is tentative evidence that it may lessen the length of sickness when used preventively.

Adverse effects

Individuals requiring anti-coagulant therapy such as warfarin should avoid the use of American ginseng. Not recommended for individuals with impaired liver or renal function. It is not recommended in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Other adverse effects include headaches, anxiety, trouble sleeping and an upset stomach.

Recent studies have shown that through the many cultivated procedures that American ginseng is grown, fungal molds, pesticides, and various metals and residues have contaminated the crop. Though these contaminating effects are not considered substantial, they do pose health concerns that could lead to neurological problems, intoxication, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. However, the ginseng, wild or farmed, medically has the same effects on the body.


American ginseng was formerly particularly widespread in the Appalachian and Ozark regions (and adjacent forested regions such as Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario), due to its popularity and unique habitat requirements, the wild plant has been overharvested, as well as lost through destruction of its habitat, and is thus rare in most parts of the United States and Canada.Ginseng is also negatively affected by deer browsing, urbanization, and habitat fragmentation. It can also be grown commercially, under artificial shade, woods cultivated, or wild-simulated methods and is usually harvested after three to four years depending on cultivation technique; the wild-simulated method often requires up to 10 years before harvest.

Ontario, Canada is the world’s largest producer of North American ginseng.Marathon County, Wisconsin, accounts for about 95% of production in the United States.

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5 grams/$7.98, 10 gm/$12.98, 30 grams/$34.98