Sports Medicine

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 229–248

Evaluation of the Ergogenic Properties of Ginseng

Authors

  • Michael S. Bahrke
    • Sport Psychology Laboratory, Department of KinesiologyUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison
  • William P. Morgan
    • Sport Psychology Laboratory, Department of KinesiologyUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison
Review Article

DOI: 10.2165/00007256-199418040-00003

Cite this article as:
Bahrke, M.S. & Morgan, W.P. Sports Med (1994) 18: 229. doi:10.2165/00007256-199418040-00003

Summary

Ginseng has been used for several thousand years in the Orient as a tonic, prophylactic agent and ‘restorative’. However, its efficacy has been established primarily through clinical experience as opposed to scientific verification of its pharmacological effects. Ginseng has been used by athletes as an ergogenic aid for many years, but there is an absence of compelling research evidence in support of its use for this purpose. Indeed, most of the support favouring the use of ginseng to enhance physical performance is of a testimonial nature. While studies with animals show that ginseng or its active components may prolong survival to physical or chemical stress, there is, generally, a lack of controlled research demonstrating the ability of ginseng to improve or prolong performance in fatigued humans.

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