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Panax ginseng: An Overview of the Clinical Evidence

  • Ernst, Edzard (Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth)
  • Received : 2010.07.16
  • Accepted : 2010.12.10
  • Published : 2010.12.29

Abstract

This overview is focused on Panax ginseng, one of the most commonly used herbal remedies. The currently available data regarding its clinical efficacy is somewhat confusing, despite the fact that many clinical trials and systematic reviews have been published. The risks of Panax ginseng seem to be only minor. Numerous mechanisms of action have been described. Future studies of this fascinating herbal remedy seem warranted but they should overcome the methodological limitations of the previous research.

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