Ginseng is the root of the perennial herbs Panax quinquefolium. There are two popular varieties of Ginseng: American Ginseng, which is grown in the United States and Canada, and Panax Ginseng which is native to Asia and is also known as Korean Ginseng, or Chinese Ginseng. Panax is a name that was given to Korean/Chinese Ginseng by Russian botanist, C.A. Meyer. It is a combination of the Greek terms ‘pan’, which means ‘all’, and ‘axos’, which means cure; Panax literally translates to ‘cure all’. The primary active components in Ginseng are called ginsenosides. Ginsenosides improve physical (and sexual) performance and act as an aphrodisiac. Ginseng has been shown to lessen some effects of stress and aging, and it is traditionally used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of low libido and/or erectile dysfunction.
In animal studies, the purported aphrodisiac effects of Panax Ginseng were substantiated when a biological basis for the claim was established. Ginsenosides were found to directly induce the vasodilatation (dilating blood vessels) and relaxation of penile corpus cavernosum (1). The corpus cavernosum is the sponge-like tissue that fills when the penis becomes erect. By dilating the blood vessels and relaxing the corpus cavernosum, Ginseng facilitates erections. Additionally, in human experiments conducted at the Asan Medical Center in Seoul, Korea, 60% of patients reported that Panax Ginseng improved their erections, and the researchers also noted that Panax Ginseng increased penile tip firmness during erection (2). In later research, published in the Asian Journal of Andrology, the effectiveness of Panax Ginseng as a potentially effective treatment for erectile dysfunction was confirmed (3).
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1. Choi HK. Effect of Korean red ginseng on the rabbit corpus cavernosal smooth muscle. 1998. Department of Urology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Yong Dong Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
2. Hong B, Ji YH, Hong JH, Nam KY, Ahn TY. A double-blind crossover study evaluating the efficacy of korean red ginseng in patients with erectile dysfunction: a preliminary report. 2002. Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
3. De Andrade, E., De Mesquita, A. A., De Almeida Claro, J., De Andrade, P. M., Ortiz, V., Paranhos, M., Srougi, M. and Erdogrun, T. Study of the efficacy of Korean Red Ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. 2007. Asian Journal of Andrology, 9: 241-244.