Panax Ginseng has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Its uses are wide and varied. In fact, its name is derived from the Greek words ‘pan’ and ‘axos’ - meaning ‘all healing’.
Commonly used in preventative medicine and for a wide variety of ailments discussed below, Panax Ginseng is a multi-use supplement with a lot of clinical research behind it. As it’s popularity and usage in the Western world increases, so do the studies of it’s uses, and the evidence of it’s effectiveness.
Here we will look at just some of the many uses for Panax Ginseng. Focusing on the most well-studied and proven usages. As the research continues, we will update this guide in the future to reflect further discoveries for the usage of Panax Ginseng.
Researched Uses of Panax Ginseng
Fasting Blood Glucose Panax Ginseng has been shown in 10 studies to decrease fasting blood glucose in diabetics. For non-diabetics standard supplemental doses showed no effect, but high-doses of 20g acutely reduced the blood glucose of healthy participants.
Cognition In 4 studies Panax Ginseng is shown with high reliability to have a positive effect on cognition in tired individuals. The researchers have proposed this is due to it’s anti-fatigue effects. Panax Ginseng is a great energy boost if you’re working hard and need to keep going, without resorting to the potential negative impact of too much caffeine.
Feelings of Well Being Panax Ginseng is shown to increase happiness and sense of well-being in 5 studies that looked at people in a disease state.
While these are the most well-researched uses of Panax Ginseng, there are lots of other documented positive effects. Some of these do not have replicated, controlled, double-blind studies. However do they do have a large degree of anecdotal evidence, stretching right back 5,000 years, to when the Chinese first started using Panax Ginseng for medicinal purposes.
In most cases this doesn’t mean that studies have shown Panax Ginseng is not effective in various ailments. Rather, the studies have simply not been done yet, or they are not well-executed double-blind human trials, and therefore we cannot use them as definitive evidence for or against the effectiveness of Panax Ginseng.
For more information on all of the various different uses of Panax Ginseng in further detail, including a review of the research behind its benefits on a number of conditions, visit the Research on Panax Ginseng section of this guide. To find out any potential side-effects of Panax Ginseng navigate to the Side Effects of Panax Ginseng section of the guide.