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Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine

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Effect of ginseng therapy on diabetes and its chronic complications: lessons learned

Subrata ChakrabartiORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0208-1401 / Subhrojit Sen / Edmund Lui
  • Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
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Published Online: 2017-05-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2016-0166


Ginseng played a significant role in the management of diabetes in China and in other Asian countries for a long period of time. It has a large number of pharmacological properties and is relatively free from adverse effects. As a part of Ontario Ginseng Research and Innovation Consortium, we investigated the effects of ginseng extract on diabetes and its complications. We demonstrated large number of beneficial effects of ginseng therapy and showed that these effects are possibly mediated through its antioxidant properties. Thus ginseng may lend itself as a relatively safe and inexpensive adjuvant treatment for diabetes and chronic diabetic complications.

Keywords: chronic complications; diabetes; ginseng; oxidative stress


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About the article

Received: 2016-12-21

Accepted: 2017-04-11

Published Online: 2017-05-11

Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

Research funding: Supported by grant from Ministry of Research & Innovation, Ontario Research Fund.

Employment or leadership: None declared.

Honorarium: None declared.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Volume 14, Issue 4, 20160166, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2016-0166.

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