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Panax pseudoginseng  Wall.


Botanical Name


Panax pseudoginseng Wall.

English Name


False ginseng, Nepal ginseng, Himalayan ginseng, Pseudoginseng



Aralia pseudoginseng (Wall.) Benth. ex C. B. Clarke, Panax pseudoginseng Wall. var. pseudoginseng, Aralia quinquefolia (Linnaeus) Decaisne & Planchon var. pseudoginseng (Wallich) Burkill.





General Info


Herbs, perennial, ca. 50 cm tall. Rootstock short, with 2-5 fleshy roots, fusiform, 2-4 cm, ca. 1 cm in diam. Leaves usually 4, verticillate at apex of stem, palmately compound; bases of petiole and petiolules with numerous lanceolate, stipulelike appendages; leaflets 3 or 4, obovate-elliptic to obovate-oblong, 9-10 × 3.5-4 cm (lateral ones smaller), membranous, abaxially glabrous, adaxially setose on veins (trichomes 1.5-2 mm), base attenuate, margin biserrate, apex long caudate-acuminate. Inflorescence a solitary, terminal umbel 20-50-flowered; peduncle ca. 12 cm; pedicels ca. 1 cm, glabrous. Ovary 2-carpellate; styles 2 divided, reflexed.

Herb Effects

Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, cardiotonic, diuretic, expectorant, haemostatic, hypoglycaemic and stimulant (roots and flowers)


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Active Ingredients

Betulin (seed oil)

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Medicinal Use

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 flowers are used to treat vertigo and dizziness.



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