Patients’ Own Panax Ginseng
Panax Ginseng, one of the most popular and widely studied medicinal herbs in the world, is known to aid in memory, physical stamina, thinking, concentration, athletic endurance and preventing muscle damage from exercising.
It is also used to help relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression, general fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Sclerosis. Adding a Panax Ginseng supplement for ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia to your diet can bolster the immune system. Of the three types of ginseng, Panax (also known as Korean), is the most potent and popular.
The following Chronic Fatigue Syndrome specialists recommend taking Ginseng supplements for CFS: Dr Teitelbaum, The University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr Podell and Dr Myhill.
How panax ginseng can help you
As one of the most widely researched medicinal herbs, it would be impractical to cover every study including Panax ginseng even where there are links to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) symptoms. Instead, several of the key papers are summarised below.
Following on from an animal study which showed Panax ginseng inhibited all indicators of fatigue, Wang et al. investigated whether the herb is effective for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Panax Ginseng extracts were orally administered to mice once daily for 15 days. The effects of the herb on physiological biomarkers of oxidative stress and on the morphology of the mitochondria in striated skeletal muscle were assessed. The results of forced swimming test-induced indicated that ginseng could lengthen the swimming time as well as preventing degeneration of cells. They go on to conclude that panax ginseng might have potential therapeutic effects for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the oxidative stress might be involved in the pathogenesis.
A paper published in PLoS One in 2013 studied whether Panax ginseng could reduce fatigue in 90 subjects with idiopathic chronic fatigue (fatigue which does not meet the criteria for ME/CFS) in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled and parallel designed trial. The mental self-rating numeric scale (NRS) and visual analogue scale (VAS) were significantly improved by Panax ginseng compared with placebo. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde (MDA) were lowered by panax ginseng compared to placebo. Panax ginseng significantly increased total glutathione (GSH) contents and glutathione reductase (GSH-Rd) activity. The authors conclude that the evidence suggests Panax ginseng has anti fatigue effects in patients with idiopathic chronic fatigue.