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The research is mixed. Some studies have found that ginseng may boost the immune system. Other research has shown that ginseng may lower blood sugar levels.

There is some early evidence that ginseng might temporarily -- and modestly -- improve concentration and learning. But that's not certain.

Ginseng has also been studied as a way to improve mood and boost endurance as well as treat cancer, heart disease, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, and other conditions. While some of these uses are promising, the evidence isn’t conclusive.

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, second edition, 2004.

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Asian Ginseng."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 26, 2020

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, second edition, 2004.

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Asian Ginseng."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 26, 2020

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