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Panax Ginseng Dosage

Standard Panax ginseng dosing guidelines have not been established at this time. It appears that 200 mg daily is a reasonable dose for most uses, but more research is needed to determine the best dose. You should look for a Panax ginseng dosage that has been "standardized" for the ginsenoside content, meaning it contains a certain specified amount of ginsenoside (the active components in ginseng).

Panax Ginseng Dosage: An Overview

It is important to note that unlike medications, for which the standard doses have been well established, less information is available for determining the best dose for supplements, including Panax ginseng.
This article refers specifically to Panax ginseng (also known as Asian ginseng, Chinese ginseng, and Korean ginseng). This type of ginseng should not be confused with American ginseng or Siberian ginseng, which are entirely different herbs.

What Is a Reasonable Panax Ginseng Dosage?

Clinical studies have most often used a Panax ginseng dose of 200 mg per day, although supplements are available in a wide range of doses. This appears to be a reasonable Panax ginseng dose for most uses, although more research is needed before the safest and most effective dosages can be established.
It may be a good idea to look for a Panax ginseng dosage that has been "standardized" for the ginsenoside content. This means that the supplement has been tested to make sure that it contains a certain specified amount of ginsenoside (some of the active components in Panax ginseng). Unstandardized supplements may contain vastly different amounts of ginsenosides, even if the overall dose of Panax ginseng is the same.

General Information on Dosing With Panax Ginseng

Considerations for people taking Panax ginseng include the following:
  • Since the manufacturing of supplements is not closely regulated, it is important to choose a reputable manufacturer for Panax ginseng supplements. Look for the "USP" symbol, since this means that the supplement has been tested and contains the right ingredients in the right amounts (there have been reports that many Panax ginseng supplements actually contain little or no Panax ginseng). Reputable manufacturers are more likely to consistently standardize their products.
  • If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, check with your healthcare provider before taking Panax ginseng.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Panax ginseng dosing in general, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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