Abstract Title:

Ginseng: A Qualitative Review of Benefits for Palliative Clinicians.

Abstract Source:

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2019 Jan 27:1049909118822704. Epub 2019 Jan 27. PMID: 30686023

Abstract Author(s):

Mellar P Davis, Bertrand Behm

Article Affiliation:

Mellar P Davis


Ginseng has been used for centuries to treat various diseases and has been commercially developed and cultivated in the past 300 years. Ginseng products may be fresh, dried (white), or dried and steamed (red). Extracts may be made using water or alcohol. There are over 50 different ginsenosides identified by chromatography. We did an informal systematic qualitative review that centered on fatigue, cancer, dementia, respiratory diseases, and heart failure, and we review 113 studies in 6 tables. There are multiple potential benefits to ginseng in cancer. Ginseng, in certain circumstances, has been shown to improve dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart failure through randomized trials. Most trials had biases or unknown biases and so most evidence is of low quality. We review the gaps in the evidence and make some recommendations regarding future studies.

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