Korean Red Ginseng

Korean Red Ginseng

"Korean Red Ginseng contains polyacetylene compounds that promote inhibiting effects on the growth of cancer cells by suppressing its mutation and metastasis, while promoting the activity of natural anti-cancer cells. Korean Red Ginseng's' health-promoting effects act on restoring the immune system debilitated by the cancer disease."

GINSENG IN CANCER PREVENTION

Ginseng in Cancer Prevention

Researchers at the Korea Cancer Center Hospital report that ginseng is an effective cancer prevention agent in humans. Their study involved 4,634 citizens over 40 years of age of the Kangwha region, one of the major ginseng-production areas in Korea.

Three types of ginseng were considered: fresh ginseng which is less than four-years-old and consumed as is; white ginseng which is four to six-years-old, peeled and dried to reduce water content to 12 per cent or less; and red ginseng which is at least six-years-old, steamed and dried before use.

Study participants were followed from August 1987 to December 1992. During this period, 137 participants developed cancer and 79 died from it. Ginseng consumers were found to have a 60 per cent lower risk of cancer. The protective effect of fresh ginseng extract was highest at 69 per cent, with the protective effect of other types being apparent but not statistically significant. The protective effect increased with frequency of consumption. The risk decrease among ginseng consumers was 67 per cent for stomach cancer and 70 per cent for lung cancer. The researchers conclude that Panax ginseng CA Meyer (Korean ginseng)has a non-organ specific preventive effect against cancer.

-- International Journal of Epidemiology, June 1998

Article copyright Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.

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Panax ginseng has been used as a medicinal plant in China for thousands of years. Current use in Western countries has been diverse, with focused research on cancer therapeutics. P. ginseng apparently mitigates cancer through anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and apoptotic mechanisms to influence gene expression. Additional mechanisms of investigation include influence on neurotransmission and immunosurveillance. Low toxicity and positive studies in concomitant use with other chemotherapeutic agents is promising. Although there is no conclusive evidence of P. ginseng curing cancer, research has continually found tumor inhibition, especially in the promotion and progression phases.