Drug Description

Ginseng is a medicinal plant made of ginger root. It is known under many other names, including ginseng root, occidental ginseng and ginseng Americano. The word “ginseng” comes from Chinese language. It is sold in different forms, including tea, capsules and liquids. This is a non-traditional medicine, which may be used for different purposes.


Ginseng can significantly reduce the level of blood sugar. Therefore, this drug is useful for the treatment of type 2 diabetics, as they can take it after eating. Moreover, this drug can be used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It is also used by the athletes to restore their performance.
All the benefits of this plant are not confirmed medically. Therefore, the drug hasn’t received the approval of FDA. However, you shouldn’t use it instead of the treatment prescribed by the doctor. However, you can try to take ginseng if you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, as it’s not dangerous to your health.


As Ginseng is available in various forms, the dosage depends on the pharmaceutical form and individual characteristics of the patient. You should strictly follow to the drug instruction or ask the doctor about the best way to use it. Remember that it’s forbidden to take two forms of this drug at the same time (for instance, pills and liquid).
Patients requiring dental treatment must stop taking the pill 14 days before the procedure. Consult the doctor to exclude any possible risks.

Adverse effects

Despite being a natural product, Ginseng may cause some adverse effects. The most common of them are:

  • diarrhea,
  • increased heart rate,
  • sleeping disorder,
  • vaginal hemorrhage,
  • head pain,
  • sharp change in blood pressure.

If you note the following adverse effects, seek immediate medical assistance:

  • fever,
  • skin reddening,
  • face swelling.


Ginseng can interact with various drugs for the treatment of diabetes and depression and certain HIV drugs. Ask the doctor for a full list of medicines interacting with Ginseng.