Benefits of Ginseng
What are all the health
benefits of ginseng supported by scientific studies? Below is a
detailed list of all the health benefits that are supported by
research. Comments are provided to give you a sense of the type of
studies done and the results that was seen.
See our article Ginseng to get a quick summary and a list of all the health conditions that ginseng may be able to treat.
of Benefits - Comments on Scientific Studies
See the article Ginseng for a quick summary of the informatin below.|
In Asia, this supplement is commonly included in herbal supplements
used for treating sexual dysfunction. Recent studies in
have shown that both Asian and American ginseng increase libido and
sexual intercourse performance and frequency.
There are good evidences that
ginsenosides can enhance erection by increasing blood flow to the
penis. Researchers believe that ginsenosides (the active ingredients)
help to increase nitric oxide (NO) production, a chemical needed
to cause an erection.
In one clinical study, the subjects taking this herb reported stronger
erection (penile rigidity), libido and a higher sexual satisfaction
than those taking the placebo.
Another well-designed clinical study in 60 men showed a significant
improvement in the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), a
standard used to measure the level of erectile dysfunction in men.
The health benefits of ginseng for ED is supported by clinical studies.
here for many other natural remedies that are used
to treat ED.
||Menopause Symptoms / Sexual
Performance in Women (ArginMax and
Research has been done on combination products such as ArginMax
(containing L-arginine, ginseng, ginkgo, damiana, multivitamins, and
The results showed significant benefit in levels of sexual
desire, satisfaction with overall sex life, frequency of sexual desire,
frequency of intercourse, satisfaction with sexual relationship and
Combination products such as Phyto-Female Complex (containing
black cohosh, dong quai, milk thistle, red clover, American ginseng and chaste-tree berry) showed significant benefit in treating hot flushes
In combination products, it is very difficult to tell which one (or more) of the
multiple ingredients are responsible for the benefits seen.
not support the use of a ginseng as the only ingredient to treat
menopause symptoms or sexual performance problems due to menopause. It is best to use product with multiple ingredients.
Memory in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease
Recent experimental evidences suggest
that there are protective
effects of ginseng for improving the memory function and mental performance of
patients with Alzheimer disease (AD).
The study showed, surprisingly,
that it is as effective as a prescription drug for treating AD.
Some studies show that the herb helps with memory in those with
Alzheimer's disease (AD).
It appears that ginseng has greater benefit in
those with AD than those with normal memory function of health adults.
The supplement was also shown to reduce the accumulation of the
Alzheimer's amyloid beta peptide in the brains of animals.
However, keep in mind that not all studies show positive results.
Cold / Influenza (Flu)
There are some clinical studies to show that this herb may be
helpful in boosting the immune system, treating and shortening the
duration of the common cold.
there over ten clinical studies done on a proprietary extract of North
(COLD-FX). These studies showed that COLD-FX can significantly reduce
the risk of catching the cold and shortening the duration by about 50%.
(Non-Insulin Dependent / Type 2), Glucose Intolerance
& Insulin Resistance
In many research studies, ginseng showed the ability to reduce the
standard 75 gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) by 10% and increase
the insulin sensitivity index by 33%.
One study showed that the herb
improved the microcirculation and reduced urinary albumin (kidney
leaking out protein) in diabetic patients with early stage kidney
In another clinical study, ginseng was also shown to reduce blood
sugar levels after a meal in human subjects that did not have diabetes.
However, this only worked if ginseng is taken 40 minutes before the
(Resistance to Stress) /
Well-Being / Quality of Life
The health benefits of this herb is recognized by many, especially
those living in Asian countries.
A research study conducted in Mexico
city showed that ginseng significantly improved quality of life
such as energy, sleep, sexual satisfaction and general well-being.
A study showed
that 200 mg daily of the herb, "elevated mood, improved psychophysical
performance, and reduced fasting blood glucose (FBG) and body weight."
Another study showed that taking the supplement resulted in improved
performance throughout the day.
And in another study involving 332 individuals,
the herb reduced fatigue.
Other smaller studies showed similar positive results. The health
benefits of ginseng for boosting resistance to stress is one of the
main reason Asians take this herb.
Immune System / HIV Infection
There are several studies in animals that show that ginseng can
enhance the immune system. It is thought that this would help the body
defend against bacterial and viral infections. These findings suggest that it has adaptogen-like effects and can help fight off
stress and create a sense of well-being.
In one study done in humans, long-term intake delayed the progression
of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-type 1) infected patients. The
supplement also prevented the loss of immune cells (T cells) in the
body. It also made the AIDS prescription drug zidovudine work longer before the
virus became resistant to it.
Another well-designed study showed that ginseng extracts had positive
effects in stimulating the immune cell production in healthy adults.
Sexual Performance / Increase Fertility
Animal studies show that ginseng is able to increase sperm
production, sexual performance and activity.
A study conducted in 46 men showed that taking ginseng increased sperm
production and motility.
The positive benefits of using ginseng to
prevent cancer is only shown in population studies and not in clinical studies.
Smokers taking ginseng showed lower cancer risks for cancers of
lung, lip, oral cavity and pharynx and liver compared those those not taking any.
As well several studies show that the risk for stomach and lung cancers
was significantly reduced among those who took ginseng.
Studies in rats showed that ginseng reduced the
incidence of cancer.
For complete information, see the list of supplements used by lung cancer patients.
Researchers believe that the ability of this herb to prevent cancer
might be due to its ability to stimulate the immune system.
A small research study done in human subjects showed that taking
ginseng reduced the blood alcohol levels by 35% to 51%.
In a double-blinded, randomized, placebo controlled clinical study done
in 50 human subjects using SS-cream, it significantly prolonged time to
ejaculation by 10 minutes compared to the placebo cream. Subjects also
reported an increase in sexual satisfaction.
Symptoms / Sexual
Performance in Women
In one study the herb did not have any significant effect on the mood,
anxiety levels, menopausal symptoms or sleepiness on post-menopausal
However, another study reported that using ginseng in
postmenopausal women causes improvements in mood and anxiety."
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS, 2004) recommends first
considering lifestyle changes, either alone or combined with a
non-prescription remedy, such as dietary isoflavones, black cohosh, or
||Weight Loss / Obesity
A recent study reviewed all the research data to see which herbs
helps with weight loss. Ginseng (as well as ephedra, Cissus
quadrangularis, bitter melon and zingiber) was found to be effective
for bringing down weight. These studies included human and animal
/ Increase Libido (Sex Drive)
It has been shown that the saponins from ginseng can relax blood
vessels and thus treat impotence but the aphrodisiac effect of ginseng
may be overstated.
here for other natural remedies that is used
to increase sex drive.
A new research study done in the lab setting shows that ginseng
have anti-inflammatory benefits. While human studies are not currently
available, it could help those suffering from inflammatory diseases
such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
|Enhance Athletic Performance - Not
Ginseng has been one of the most popular herbs said to improve human
exercise performance. However, all the research studies we reviewed do
not support this claim (Allen, 2008 / Engels, 1997 / Kulaputana, 2007 /
Vogler, 1999 / Morris 1996).
The health benefits of ginseng for improving physical performance doesn't seem to be strongly supported by clinical studies.
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