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    Ginseng may provide benefits on multiple fronts

    Studies show encouraging results for skin conditions

    Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement used to treat various health ailments and for general wellbeing. It is most commonly associated with the ability to improve energy levels and boost memory. Ginseng is found and marketed in supplements, candies, and energy drinks in various concentrations and forms.

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    There are many species of ginseng but two in particular, Panax ginseng and Panax quinquefolius, are considered adaptogens, substances thought to assist in the stabilization of a physiologic process. Panax ginseng is a perennial herb generally found in northern China, Korea and Russia. Panax quinquefolius, on the other hand, typically grows in various regions within North America.  

    Sarah Kasprowicz, M.D.Dr. KasprowiczPanax ginseng is variously referred to as Asian ginseng or, occasionally, Korean or red ginseng. This is thought to be the most reliable ginseng, as it contains the highest percentage of overall ginsenosides. Ginsenosides are the compounds in ginseng that are believed to contribute its medicinal properties.  

    Ginsenosides have been shown to have multiple medical effects such as anti-oxidative, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. Ginsenosides are thought to be found almost exclusively in the Panax species, concentrated in the plant’s root system.1

    Panax quinquefolius is also known as American ginseng and is thought to contain a lower concentration of ginsenosides. Most medical research is conducted on Panax ginseng.

    The majority of studies focus on ginseng’s ability to affect mental function, sport performance and general well being, but there are some novel studies looking at possible dermatological applications, including melasma, atopic dermatitis and hair loss.

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    • LisaEris
      This such a very useful article to patients and consumers like us. Before, I only knew Since then, I have known Ginseng as an energy booster. Its good to read that we can have so many benefits from this herbal supplement. On the other hand, I'm also looking forward to studies that concerns about the possible applications of red ginseng powder that can improved melasma and a Korean red ginseng extract on the prevention of atopic dermatitis that I found out online.

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