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Medicines 2016, 3(4), 33; doi:10.3390/medicines3040033

Ginseng for Liver Injury: Friend or Foe?

Graduate School of Medicine, School of Medicine, CHA University, Seongnam-shi, Gyunggi-do 13488, Korea
Academic Editor: Rolf Teschke
Received: 5 October 2016 / Revised: 8 December 2016 / Accepted: 8 December 2016 / Published: 17 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Herbal Hepatotoxicity)
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Panax sp., including Panax ginseng Meyer, Panax quiquifolius L., or Panax notoginseng (Burk.) FH Chen, have been used as functional foods or for traditional Chinese medicine for diabetes, inflammation, stress, aging, hepatic injury, and cancer. In recent decades, a number of both in vitro and in vivo experiments as well as human studies have been conducted to investigate the efficacy and safety of various types of ginseng samples and their components. Of these, the hepatoprotective and hepatotoxic effects of ginseng and their ginsenosides and polysaccharides are reviewed and summarized. View Full-Text
Keywords: ginseng; Panax sp.; hepatoprotective; hepatotoxic ginseng; Panax sp.; hepatoprotective; hepatotoxic
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