Herb of the Day: Notoginseng Root


Notoginseng root
( Panax notoginseng )

Notoginseng root grows in China and Japan naturally throughout the forests widely. Chinese refer to it as the three-seven root, because it has three leaves on one side and four leaves on the other side. It is a perennial plant with dark green leaves leaves that branches from a stem with red cluster of berries in the middle. The root is used in Chinese medicinally and tea is made from the leaves. Chinese herbalists consider the roots older than three years is most effective medicinally.
Notoginseng root is used to stop bleeding, reduce swelling, and alleviate pain from injuries. Unlike Western medications, the root seems to halt the bleeding without making the blood clot, and to stop the clotting or hematoma without causing bleeding.

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