Ginseng in Dermatology: A Review

Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(11):1649-1666. doi: 10.2174/1381612822666161021152322.


Ginseng has gained fame as one of the most popular herbs originating from Eastern countries. Among different species which are known as ginseng, Panax ginseng C. A. Mey. (Korean or Asian ginseng) is the most frequently used one. Ginsenosides have been proposed to account for most of the biological activities of ginseng. The widely appreciated health-promoting effect of ginseng pertains to the beneficial effects of this plant against immune, cardiovascular and sexual diseases and cancer. In addition, there are some new aspects of the pharmacological activity of this plant which justify its use in dermatologic diseases. In dermatology, ginseng has been investigated mechanistically for its therapeutic effects in photoaging, wound and injury, skin cancer, dermatitis, hair loss, alopecia and cold hypersensitivity. Here, we reviewed experimental and clinical studies exploring the therapeutic efficacy of ginseng and ginsenosides in the field of dermatology.

Keywords: Ginseng; cancer; cold hyper sensitivity; dermatitis; dermatology; hair loss; photoaging; wound.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Dermatology*
  • Ginsenosides / chemistry
  • Ginsenosides / metabolism
  • Ginsenosides / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Panax / chemistry*
  • Panax / metabolism
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Skin Diseases / metabolism
  • Skin Diseases / pathology


  • Ginsenosides