Clinical Applications of American Ginseng (Xī Yáng Shēn)
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American ginseng is a prized medicinal plant with a broad range of pharmacological utility, particularly relating to autoimmune and chronic inflammatory conditions. Steam processing enhances its propensity for use in treating central nervous system disorders and cardio-metabolic and neoplastic diseases. In this article, the clinical uses of American ginseng are introduced, including how the author sources ginseng, assesses its quality and prepares it for clinical use by steam processing. In addition, the efficacy of ginseng leaf as a sustainable renewable resource with practical pharmacological applications is discussed.
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