Panax notoginseng belongs to the Araliaceae botanical family. It is a herb, 60 cm tall on average, native to East Asia and growing in forests from China to the Himalayas and Burma.
Its dried root and rhizome have been part of traditional Chinese medicine since the 16th century.
They are used to stop internal and external bleeding, as a treatment for arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and angina, internal hemorrhages etc. Research confirmed its hemostatic and wound healing action along with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, blood glucose lowering, neuroprotective, immune-stimulating and certain hepato-protective activities.
Its main constituents are: dammarane saponines like notoginsenosides (it doesn’t have oleanane-type saponin, which exists in Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius), non-protein amino acids, polyacetylenes, phytosterols, flavonoids, and polysaccharides.