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Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng) is a herbal product I regularly use. I will be travelling (only transiting) via London and then USA on my way to Peru soon. Does anyone know if this is banned/illegal in UK and USA? Can my bag be held up if this is found?

  • For the UK, you can check gov.uk/government/publications/… As for whether your bag can be held up if it’s found, well I’d say the chances are pretty high it would be (and it’s owner, I imagine). Is it legal to import into Peru? – Traveller Feb 16 at 15:42
  • For the US, here's the general link from US customs about herbal medicines (which includes herbs): help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1217/~/… . Since it is a plant product, additional research will be needed for that angle. – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Feb 16 at 16:14
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    Are you traveling with tea, capsules, or the unprocessed plant? – Michael Hampton Feb 16 at 19:33
  • @Traveller, thanks for the UK link. I do not see it listed there. I tried all the alternate and scientific names. I am not sure about Peru yet. – Ramesh B Feb 17 at 3:34
  • @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas, thanks for the US link. I also see that Ashwagandha is available for purchase on Amazon.com in the USA. I am assuming this is a good indicator of it's legality in that country? – Ramesh B Feb 17 at 3:36

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