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Diabetes And Ginseng

By on January 8, 2012

diabetes and ginsengThere have been numerous natural remedies that have been used and widely studied to improve type 2 diabetes. And Ginseng for diabetes has been shown in studies to have a beneficial effect on blood sugar control.

Ginseng is the combination of three herbs: Chinese, Korean, or Japanese; American; and Siberian. All three of these are grouped together as ginseng. And the Siberian ginseng and American ginseng have been shown to be better for people with diabetes.

Diabetes And Ginseng

One physician that I worked with in the past who was type 2 diabetic, said he drank ginseng tea daily, because he found it to have favorable effects on his blood sugar. And he knew of the clinical data backing it’s efficacy in controlling blood sugar and felt taking it couldn’t hurt.

The truth of the matter is ginseng has been the topic of much debate and quite a bit of research has been done on this herb.

In a study involving 36 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics, who received either placebo, 100 or 200 milligrams of a ginseng extract daily, those subjects receiving ginseng reported lower blood sugar levels than the placebo group. And the best results in blood sugar control were found in the 200 milligram group.

Other benefits of ginseng for type 2 diabetes are improved kidney function, and improvements in post-prandial blood sugar control (after meals).

Aside from just blood sugar control, other benefits that were observed with ginseng use where:

  • significant decreases in blood pressure
  • improvements in impotence and sex drive
  • improvements in emphysema
  • decrease in cancer risk
  • male infertility improvements
  • improvements in liver function
  • improvements in mental function
  • enhanced immunity (immune system health)

For best results, use ginseng in the root powder, teas, capsules or tablets. You can find these formulations in your local health food store. If you use the tea form, 1-2 glasses per day is recommended.

For the most part, ginseng is safe but, overuse as with anything can lead to problems. Some of the most common side effects of ginseng use are allergic reactions, asthma attacks, insomnia, cardiac arrhythmias, and increased blood pressure.

Also, speak to your doctor if you are taking drugs to lower your blood sugar. Because ginseng can lower your blood sugar, so it is necessary to exercise caution due to the risk of hypoglycemia (when your blood sugar goes too low), which could be dangerous.

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