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Ginseng
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Araliaceae
Genus :
Panax
Species :
ginseng; quinquefolius
COMMON NAMES
Tartar Root; Five-fingers
USES
Increases vitality and physical performance; Raises blood pressure; Treats depression and general weakness; Has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac
DESCRIPTION
Ginseng's thin, single stem grows from a bud at the top of the root that rises and separates into a whorl of compound leaves. Small green flowers radiate, umbrella-like from the end of a stalk and are eventually replaced by red berries.
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