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Ginseng Dosage

What are the recommended ginseng dosage to use for various health conditions?

Various clinical studies have used dosage from 100 mg all the way to 4,500 mg daily (in divided doses).

We suggest starting with a low dose of 100 mg daily and increase gradually as needed. This will help to reduce any side effects of ginseng that you might experience.

See our other articles for a list of health benefits or general facts about ginseng.
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Ginseng Dosage & How to Take It

Ginseng is available as capsules, tablets, fresh root (to make tea), dried root, tincture and extract. When possible, buy standardized extract so you know how much of the active ingredients (ginsenosides) will be contained in the pill.

Typical standardized extract of 200 mg of ginseng contains 4 to 5% ginsenosides.

Memory Loss / Alzheimer's Disease

Dosage of 4.5 grams daily for 12 weeks have been used.

Preventing Colds and Flu

Dosage of 100 mg and upwards taken daily have been used to prevent colds and flu. To get the maximum benefit, start taking the herb 1 week up to a 4 weeks before the beginning of the flu season.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) / Impotence

Dosage of 1000 mg (1 gram) taken three times daily have been used.


Dosage of 200 mg once daily have been used to manage Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent). In one study, the researcher concluded that 3 grams was the maximum; any higher dosage would not reduce blood sugar levels further.

Alcohol Intoxication

Dosage of 3 grams per 65 kg of body weight taken daily (divided into three times daily) seems to reduce blood alcohol levels by 35% to 51%.

Premature Ejaculation

Apply 0.20 grams of the SS-cream (which also contains many other herbs including cinnamon bark) to the glans penis 1 hour before sexual intercourse.

Ginseng and General Information

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