Common herbal supplements that have a high risk of interactions with cardiovascular drugs include gingko biloba, Asian ginseng
, hawthorne and green tea, the study said.
In a primary report, a study was conducted where patient with cancer-related fatigue (CRF) was given with high-dose Asian ginseng
(PG) and the results showed PG is safe and improves CRF fatigue, appetite, as well as overall quality of life, and able to sleep at night.
The study specifically identifies golden serpent fern (Phlebodium aureum or Polypodium leucatomos) and Asian ginseng
(Panax ginseng) as herbal products that, when taken orally, may reduce the local and systemic negative effects of UV light exposure, including photoaging, increased risk of skin cancer, and harm done to immune system function.
These effects are distinct from those of Asian ginseng
, and suggest that psychopharmacological properties depend critically on ginsenoside profiles," said Andrew Scholey, Ph.
Scholey, who led the study, said that previous studies have shown that Asian ginseng
(Panax ginseng) lowers blood glucose, improves cognitive performance, and alleviates the mental fatigue that is associated with intense cognitive processing.
Because the recommended dose of hawthorn is similar to Asian ginseng
, we selected similar concentrations of hawthorn extract for this study as described earlier for studying effects of various ginsengs on serum digoxin measurements.
(Panax ginseng) has potentiated the adverse effects of the monoamine oxidase inhibitors, enhanced the effect of oral hypoglycemic agents, decreased the effects of immunosuppressants and had an additive effect with benzodiazepines.
While there are many plants that are called or associated with" ginseng," there are only a few species of "true" ginseng: Asian ginseng
(Panax ginseng) Japenese ginseng (Panax japonicas), Tierchi ginseng (Panax notoginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius).
Steroids such as methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) or dexamethasone (Decadron) and Asian ginseng
, ephedra (ma huang), licorice and senna
The Asian ginseng
(Panax ginseng), whose root is more properly called a rhizome, has been known to Chinese herbalists for thousands of years as a cure-all--thus the name of its Latin genus Panax, based on the Greek word "panacea.
has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to promote vitality and vigor and is an excellent natural replacement for the caffeine,
is a quicker acting than Siberian ginseng but studies have shown that both types improve mood and intellectual performance and stamina.