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You all must be aware of the numerous Ginseng benefits for your health.  In various blogs or articles, you may have read that Ginseng is being described as a ‘medicinal herb.’ But, what exactly does this mean? Is it known as a medicinal herb just due to its health benefits, or can it for real treat diseases?

Ginseng is well known for its medicinal properties. It can alleviate pathological symptoms, promote health, and prevent potential diseases via its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, homeostatic, and other positive effects on biological metabolism.

Researchers suggest that Ginseng should be used as a preventative medical herb. Several studies have recently reported the beneficial effects of ginseng on diseases such as cancer; immune disorders; diabetes; and liver, neuronal, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases.

Some of the Clinical Evidence on How Ginseng can Support the Treatment of Diseases

  1. Anticarcinogenic Effect of Ginseng- The war between humans and cancer is increasing more than ever. The medical field has made many advances in the treatment options for cancer. But why get caught by a disease in the first place when prevention is possible? Yes, Ginseng is an effective chemopreventive agent. Studies show that people who regularly consume Ginseng supplements are at lower risk of cancers in the stomach, lung, liver, pancreas, ovaries, colon, and oral cavity. The herb has anti-cancer Ginsenosides (Rg3 and Rh2). These saponins are effective on tumor cell cytotoxicity and differentiation, antitumor promotion related to inflammation, antimetastasis and inhibition of angiogenesis, synergistic effect on chemical therapeutic agents, and decreasing multidrug resistance.
  1. Ginseng Supportive in Diabetes Treatment- Diabetes is a global health issue, with 3.5% of the world’s population affected by the disease. Among this 3.5% population, 90% have Type-2 Diabetes. Studies suggest that Ginseng has antihyperglycemic activities, and it decreases fasting glucose, lowered body weight, and increased glucose utilization and insulin regulation in diabetic patients. 
  1. Ginseng for Neurodegenerative Disorders- Studies show that Ginseng can support the treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Brain Ischemia and Stroke, Huntington’s Disease, and many more. The herb helps relieve patients from behavioral symptoms. It also helps to improve brain function and improve memory and concentration. 

So, coming to our question – Can Ginseng Treat Diseases? The answer cannot be a complete YES! The herb cannot do it alone. But, studies report that it can work as a natural supportive agent for the treatment of these diseases. 

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