You Should Know

January 2001 Issue

Ginseng and Goldenseal: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

The next time you reach for ginseng or goldenseal, you might want to consider how the herbs were harvested. If they came from the wild (wildcrafted instead of cultivated), there’s a chance they weren’t collected in a sustainable way. Disappearing Act? Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) are both native North American medicinal plants that are threatened by overharvesting due to growing demand and loss of natural habitat. Many herbs that grow wild in the U.S. are exported to foreign

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