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Ginseng

The name ginseng applies to various herbs that have been used for health purposes for many centuries. Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) is one of several types of true ginseng; another is American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius. An herb called Siberian ginseng or eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is not a true ginseng.

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