American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), a member of the Ivy family, is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Native American healers. The root of the ginseng plant is said to boost energy, prevent infections and even cure diabetes and cancer. In fact, research has shown that compounds called ginsenosides found in American ginseng can stimulate the immune system, inhibit the growth of cancer cells, lower blood sugar, and treat dementia. However, these studies were conducted on animals and cell cultures; Human trials are needed to confirm the effectiveness of American ginseng. Health benefits In a preliminary study, fighting fatigue. A review of studies published in 2018 suggests that both American and Asian ginseng may be viable fatigue treatments for patients with chronic diseases. In a 2010 study published in Cancer Supportive Care, cancer patients who took American ginseng supplements daily for eight weeks showed greater improvements in vitality compared to patients assigned to a placebo group.
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