Further in Depth Description
World famous for its ability to support physical performance, Ginseng has the unique ability to revitalize and rejuvenate the body. The root of Korean ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years as an overall wellness supplement. It is believed to boost the immune system, improve heart health, treat diabetes, increase energy, decrease stress, and treat impotence.
Numerous studies have evaluated the effects of oral Panax ginseng on animals under conditions of extreme stress. The results suggest that ginseng increases physical endurance and causes physiological changes that may help the body adapt to adverse conditions. In addition, studies in mice found that consuming Panax ginseng before exposure to a virus significantly increased the survival rate and the number of antibodies produced.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 323 people found meaningful evidence that an extract of American ginseng taken at 400 mg daily may help prevent the common cold. Participants who used the extract over 4 months experienced a reduced number of colds as compared to those taking the placebo. Comparative benefits were also seen regarding the percentage of participants who developed two or more colds, and the severity and duration of cold symptoms that did develop. Similar benefits were also seen in a study of 43 people.
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study suggests that Panax ginseng can also help prevent flu-like illnesses. This trial enrolled 227 participants at three medical offices in Milan, Italy. Half were given ginseng at a dosage of 100 mg daily, the other half placebo. Four weeks into the study, all participants received influenza vaccine. The results showed a significant decline in the frequency of colds and flus in the treated group compared to the placebo group (15 versus 42 cases). Also, antibody measurements in response to the vaccination rose higher in the treated group than in the placebo group.
Men may take Ginseng to treat erectile dysfunction. A 2002 Korean study revealed that 60 percent of men who took ginseng noticed an improvement in their symptoms. In addition, research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology provided "evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction."
Another study published in the National Institute of Health (NIH) explored the effect of Korean red ginseng on menopausal women. Many women naturally experience a decline in sexual functioning during menopause. In the study, 32 women were given either three capsules a day of ginseng, or a placebo. Those who received the supplement had improved sexual functioning as a result and experienced no adverse side effects. The researchers concluded that red ginseng may be used by women as a supplement to improve sexual function.