Ginseng for Fatigue

Photo of ginseng rootJournal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine (Li, X. et al.) published 2.1.23 “Ginseng and Ginseng Herbal Formulas for Symptomatic Management of Fatigue: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ginseng and herbal formulas of ginseng for fatigue from previous clinical trials. Authors conducted searches of various publishers and databases through July 6, 2022, and then combined data and performed subgroup analysis by fatigue type, assessment instrument, and ginseng type.

Though pooled analyses found no significant reduction in fatigue severity with ginseng versus controls, in subgroup analysis, there was significant reduction in fatigue and especially chronic fatigue the ginseng herbal formula. Findings also show that ginseng showed significant reductions in general fatigue, and was associated with a trend toward quality of life  improvement without increase of adverse effects.   

Authors state that further evaluation on the effects and use of ginseng is needed.

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