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Encyclopedia > Panax
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Panax

Panax ginseng - Chinese Ginseng
Panax japonicus - Japanese Ginseng
Panax pseudoginseng - Himalayan Ginseng
Panax quinquefolius - American Ginseng
Panax trifolius - Dwarf Ginseng
Panax vietnamensis - Vietnamese Ginseng

Ginseng (Panax) is a genus of about five or six species of slow-growing perennial plants with fleshy roots, in the family Araliaceae. They grow in the Northern Hemisphere in eastern Asia and North America, typically in cooler climates; Panax vietnamensis, discovered in Vietnam, is the southernmost ginseng found. Ginseng is characterized by the presence of ginsenoside.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is not considered a true ginseng; instead of a fleshy root, it has a woody root; instead of ginsenosides, eleutherosides are present.

Some other species previously classified in Panax are now treated in the separate genera Polyscias and Pseudopanax.


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Panax Ginseng (535 words)
Panax ginseng is a member of the Araliaceae family of plants, which includes the closely related American ginseng and less similar Siberian ginseng.
Panax ginseng commonly grows on mountain slopes and is usually harvested in the fall.
Panax ginseng products may be extended with other types of ginseng that are less expensive to produce.
Korean (Panax) Ginseng - RxList Alternatives (1517 words)
Panax, derived from a Greek word meaning cure-all, is thought by some to be the only "true" Ginseng, and is certainly the most famous.
Since the 1990s differentiation and research on the various varieties of Panax is also being reported and the use of advanced techniques of layer, gas and high performance liquid chromatography have enabled efficient separation and isolation techniques allowing accurate research and development of Ginseng products.
The ginsenoside composition of the main root, lateral root, rhizome, leaves and seeds of Panax ginseng cultivated in Jilin, China was studied.
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