Effects of radix ginseng on microbial infections: a narrative review

J Tradit Chin Med. 2014 Apr;34(2):227-33. doi: 10.1016/s0254-6272(14)60083-2.


Objective: To summarized the antimicrobial-like effects of Radix Ginseng, which provide important information to the relevant researchers and clinicians, and will benefit the clinical treatment of infectious diseases.

Methods: PubMed and Google were used to search for and collect scientific publications related to Radix Ginseng and microbial infections. The authors read, classified, and discussed the associated scientific results or evidences, and summarized the corresponding results.

Results: In this review, recent studies on the beneficial effects of Radix Ginseng extracts on microbial and biofilm infections were reviewed. The importance and significance of Radix Ginseng's beneficial effects are discussed. Evidence for the favorable effects of Radix Ginseng extracts on viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections and the possible underlying mechanisms are summarized.

Conclusion: Radix Ginseng might be a promising supplemental remedy for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy*
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Mycoses / drug therapy*
  • Mycoses / microbiology
  • Panax / chemistry*
  • Parasitic Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Parasitic Diseases / parasitology
  • Virus Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Virus Diseases / virology


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal