Lepidium Meyenii

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  • Lepidium meyenii is a traditional herbal medicine used for centuries with great results.
  • Lepidium meyenii relieves menopausal symptoms and increases energy.
  • As it stimulates the endocrine system, Lepidium meyenii is a natural hormonal balancer.
  • Lepidium meyenii is completely safe with no side effects reported.

Lepidium Meyenii


Lepidium meyenii, as many other natural herbs, are called in several ways. The name of the plant varies from region to region and often from botanist to botanist. Keep reading to learn the most common names people called Lepidium meyenii and why it has three scientific names.

Common Names of Lepidium Meyenii: As many botanists and herbal researchers have investigated lepidium meyenii; they have named this plant in different ways, as it follows:

  Scientific Names:

These names refer to Lepidium meyenii, and they appear in several books, studies and researchers. (See the Observation in the end of the page.)
  • Lepidium peruvianum sp. nov.
  • Lepidium weddellii
  • Lepidium affine
  • Lepidium gelidum

Colloquial Names of Lepidium Meyenii

The following terms are colloquial names of Lepidium meyenii, and they vary according to the region.

Names used in the International Market:
These names are now very popular worldwide since they are used by in the international marketers.

  • Peruvian ginseng
  • Pepperweed
  • Mace
Native Names:
These names are not very popular because these are only used by Peruvian natives from different regions of the Andes highlands.

  • Ayak Chichira
  • Ayuk Willku
  • Maino


The reason for several scientific names is that different botanical specialists have published independent studies in which they have named the same plant according to their own point of view. However, the most extended and recognized name is Lepidium Meyenii.

  The different names of Lepidium meyenii
  • In 1843, German botanist Wilhelm Gerhard Walpers was the first one to describe the plant and called it “Lepidium Meyenii Walp”, but it is also known as “Lepidium Meyenii”.
  • In 1989, the biologist Gloria Chacón published a study in which she named “Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon sp. Nov.
  • In 1993, in an ecology thesis, the Universidad Nacional Agraria de La Molina classified Lepidium Meyenii as “Lepidium sp.
  • Nowadays, the three scientific names (Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon sp. Nov, Lepidium sp) are used as synonyms, in other words, they all refer to the same plant. However, the most recognized name is still Lepidium meyenii

Lepidium meyenii is called by several names. However, it is widely known that this ancient herb promotes the body’s natural ability to maintain hormones in healthy levels. As a result, the body works in a much more efficient way bringing several benefits. Click here to read about the excellent benefits of Lepidium meyenii.

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