Does ginseng really work?

Ginseng is an herbal supplement that is the subject of research studies. Because of its antioxidant properties, it has been used as a treatment for conditions like heart disorders and to lower “bad” low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol, but whether or not it is effective is not clear. Studies have shown that ginseng may help lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics and boost the immune system. However, there is currently no conclusive evidence regarding whether or not ginseng really works in treating other conditions, like high blood pressure, stress, sleep disorders, stomach conditions, impotence, and anemia. Herbs and supplements, such as ginseng, are not strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and should always be used with caution and under a doctor's supervision.

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