Panax Ginseng has been used for several thousand years in the Orient as a tonic, in the belief that it is a panacea and promotes health and longevity. The earliest records of use in medicine can be found in the Chinese Materia Medica, approximately 2000 years ago.
In the holistic approach of traditional medicine systems of Eastern Asia, it is traditionally used to strengthen the vital energy “Qi”, as an aid during convalescence and as a prophylactic to build resistance and reduce susceptibility to illness. The Traditional Chinese Medicine indications are: emphasis on individual treatment, improvement of pathological conditions to adjust the balance of the human body and pharmacological functions e.g. tonic, restorative, anti-aging.
In Europe according to HMPC preparations of Panax Ginseng C.A. Meyer root extracts are a traditional herbal medicine for treatment of symptoms of asthenia such as fatigue and weakness.
According to the medical and scientific literature, the activity and safety of ginseng preparations have been assessed in clinical trials in different health areas such as: cognitive and physical performance, cardiovascular and pulmonary function, prevention of respiratory diseases, erectile dysfunction, immunological functions and quality of life. These clinical investigations support the plausibility of the traditional use.