Uses: A native of North America from Canada to Georgia and the
Carolinas, and naturalized in China and East Asia.
Native Americans in the
mountains of the Blue Ridge and the Ozarks used ginseng medicinally
and introduced it to settlers who then exported it, eventually as
far as the Far East.
While most frequently
used as a general tonic and stimulant, it is also used for digestive
problems, to stimulate the appetite, and to relieve coughs and asthma.
Some Native American
groups used a decoction to relieve vomiting and nausea.
Red Ginseng is prized
for its efficacy. The leaves can be used to make a tea to calm a