Panax Ginseng for Reduced
Fatigue, Insomnia and Depression
in Postmenopausal Women
Results of clinical research studies demonstrate that panax ginseng may improve psychological function in postmenopausal women.
Panax ginseng, also called Asian or Korean ginseng, has been an
important herbal remedy in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands
of years, where it has been used primarily as a treatment for weakness and fatigue.
Wiklund and colleagues conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of ginseng in 384 postmenopausal women reporting > 6 hot flashes on > 3 days per week. Subjects received 200mg/day ginseng extract for 16 weeks, showed improvements in three subsets of a Psychological General Well-Being Index, compared with placebo (P<0.05). This study was published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Research.
Another randomized clinical trial published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that 30 days of therapy with Korean red ginseng reduced fatigue, insomnia and depression in 12 postmenopausal women experiencing symptoms and also found that the stress hormones decreased significantly over this time period.
Panax ginseng is great for boosting energy level and vitality; even the German Commission E (a governmental regulatory agency composed of scientists, toxicologists, physicians, and pharmacists) and the World Health Organization (WHO) endorse the use of Panax ginseng as a tonic or restorative agent for invigoration and fortification in times of fatigue, debility or physical and mental exhaustion.