Ginseng has a long history in traditional medicine and species include Korean Red (Panax ginseng) and American (Panax quinquefolium) ginseng. Today, powder extracts are often administered in capsules and it is used to treat and prevent multiple conditions including fatigue, erectile dysfunction and the common cold. It is generally safe to use, although adverse events such as headaches, nausea and insomnia have been reported by some users.

For information on the results from randomised controlled trials and a summary of the findings using meta-analysis, select a condition below and download the related fact sheet. As always, consult your physician before adding new treatments to your regimen or changing any current medication.