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Recent Clinical Trials of Korean Red Ginseng

[Speaker] Young J. Lee:1
1:LSK Global PS, Korea

Although ginseng is the best known herb and has been in human use for a long time, US National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration do not consider ginseng safe of effective. Ginseng's health benefit claim on immune system is discounted as an unapproved claim. Use of ginseng longer than 3 months can be harmful according to US NIH and FDA. Adverse effects cited from ginseng use are insomnia, menstrual problems, breast pain, increased heart rate, negative effects on blood pressure, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea, itching, rash, dizziness, mood changes, vaginal bleeding, and others. Even such serious uncommeon side effects as Steven-Johnson syndrome and liver damage from ginseng use have been claimed to have taken place. People with diabetes and heart-diseae patients who can benefit from ginseng use are warned not to use ginseng.
For ginseng use to be widely accepted, it is clear to produce scientific and objective evidence that ginseng use is safe and effective. To this end, both interventional and non-interventional studies are needed. In my presentation, I will propose a number of safety and medicinal effect studies. Also I will introduce ginseng safety and efficacy studies in which I have been engaged.
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