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Aging Dis. 2017 Dec 1;8(6):708-720. doi: 10.14336/AD.2017.0707. eCollection 2017 Dec.

Ginseng: An Nonnegligible Natural Remedy for Healthy Aging.

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1Department of Herbal Formula Science, Chinese Medicine College, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing, 100029, China.
2Institute of Hypoxia Medicine, Xuanwu hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, 100053, China.


Aging is an irreversible physiological process that affects all humans. Numerous theories have been proposed to regarding the process from a Western medicine perspective; however, ancient Chinese medicine practices and theories have increasingly gained attention, particularly ginseng, a grass that has been studied for the anti-aging properties of its active constituents. This review seeks to analyze current data on ginseng and its anti-aging properties. The plant species, characteristics, and active ingredients will be introduced. The main part of this review is focused on ginseng and its active components with regards to their effects on prolonging lifespan, the regulation of multiple organ systems including cardiovascular, nervous, immune, and skin, as well as the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The molecular mechanisms of these properties elucidated via various studies are summarized as further evidence of the anti-aging effects of ginseng.


Anti-aging; Ginseng; molecular mechanism; pharmacology

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