Korean Red Ginseng For Treating Erectile Dysfunction

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Multiple human clinical studies have now confirmed that the popular traditional herbal remedy Korean Red Ginseng may be an effective natural treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is characterized by an ability to achieve and/or maintain an erection, adequate for satisfactory sexual intercourse.  Erectile dysfunction is an extremely common and embarrassing condition that is said to affect one in ten men worldwide.

It is worth noting before we get onto the study, that erectile dysfunction can have many different causes including both physical and psychological components such as depression, anxiety and stress disorders.

Some examples of physical causes which contribute to erectile dysfunction include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hormonal imbalances and endocrine disorders.

Diabetes is an extremely common cause of erectile dysfunction, in fact research has found that half of men with diabetes suffer from ED.  There is also research which confirms that Korean Red Ginseng may be of potential benefit for individuals with diabetes and can improve erectile function as we’ll discuss more below.

Panax Ginseng – Asia’s Premier Longevity Herb

Korean Red GInseng Erectile Dysfunction StudyKorean Red Ginseng(Panax ginseng) has a long traditional history of use as a medicinal herb in Asia, typically used to increase energy, vitality, strengthen the immune system, boost libido and treat impotence.

Korean red ginseng is part of a class of herbs, which herbalists refer to as an “adaptogen”.   Adaptogenic herbs increase the body’s resistance to stress and help to maintain optimal homeostasis.

Adaptogens are specifically very helpful for balancing the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and endocrine hormones, especially in times of stress.

Adaptogenic herbs are excellent choices for supporting the adrenal glands, which produce part of the body’s supply of steroid sex hormones such as testosterone and neurotransmitters such as dopamine, both of which low levels have been linked to erectile dysfunction in studies.

Red ginseng is traditionally known for its ability to improve sexual function, especially in males.

Clinical Research Supporting Use Of Korean Red Ginseng For The Treatment Of Erectile Dysfunction

A number of human studies have now confirmed that Korean Red Ginseng may be a useful alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction.

A study from 1995 evaluating the clinical efficacy of Korean red ginseng for erectile dysfunction found that individuals in the group receiving ginseng had many improved erectile parameters such as penile rigidity, girth, increased libido and patient satisfactions were significantly higher than that of other groups. [1]

A systematic review from 2008 on red ginseng for treating erectile dysfunction concluded – “Collectively these RCTs(randomized clinical studies) provide suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of red ginseng in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. However, the total number of RCTs included in the analysis, the total sample size and the methodological quality of the primary studies were too low to draw definitive conclusions. Thus more rigorous studies are necessary.”

The systematic review also concluded that – “The results suggest that red ginseng is more effective than placebo in treating erectile dysfunction.” [2]

One double-blind, crossover study investigating the efficacy of Korean Red Ginseng for treating erectile dysfunction again found positive results in the red ginseng group with 60% of the 45 patients clinically diagnosed with ED reporting improved erectile function.

The double-blind study concluded – “Our data shows that Korean red ginseng can be an effective alternative for treating male erectile dysfunction.” [3]

References

1. Clinical efficacy of Korean red ginseng for erectile dysfunction.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8750052

2. Red ginseng for treating erectile dysfunction: a systematic review

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2561113/

3. A double-blind crossover study evaluating the efficacy of Korean red ginseng in patients with erectile dysfunction: a preliminary report.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12394711

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