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What is Ginseng?

Ginseng is the common name for plants of the ginseng family. Native to China, the active ingredient is extracted from the roots of the plant. The family consists of about 55 genera and 700 species of herbs, trees, and shrubs. It has been used to improve energy, improve sexual libido and enhance the immune system. Compounds called ginsenosides are thought to be responsible for whatever pharmacological action ginseng provides.

What are the Uses of Ginseng?
The number of studies truly showing benefit with ginseng are limited. A recent study using the traditional dose and twice the traditional dose did not result in improved aerobic work. A clinical trial of 384 postmenopausal women did not show benefit for menopause symptoms or quality of life measures. Therefore, until proper studies are done to document the effectiveness, caution should be exercised with the use of ginseng.

What is the usual Preparation/Dose?
Actual ginseng root is expensive and a number of commercial ginseng supplements may contain little ginseng. A consumer report found wide ginseng variability among preparations available over the counter.

1-2 grams of ginseng root per day is commonly used for up to 3 months. Standardized ginseng preparations typically contain 100 milligrams, which is equivalent to roughly 1-2 grams of ginseng root.

What about Side Effects?
Side effects of ginseng are uncommon, but can include insomnia, diarrhea and rash.

Are there any Contraindications?
Ginseng is not recommended for use in pregnancy or breastfeeding.