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Ginseng has traditionally been used for a number of medical conditions. However, its benefits for most of them haven't been seriously researched.

There are two main types of ginseng: Asian or Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Studies have found that the different types have different benefits. In traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng is considered less stimulating than the Asian variety.

Although many other herbs are called ginseng -- like eleuthero, or Siberian ginseng -- they do not contain the active ingredient of ginsenosides.

From: Ginseng Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

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

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

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

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

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