Panax Ginseng for Improved Quality of Life

Panax Ginseng for Improved Quality of Life

Panax Ginseng for Improved Quality of Life 

We all have our own personal version of what makes up a better quality of life. Your idea of what is important to you might be hugely different from someone else’s. But one thing is for certain—none of us want pain or fatigue to get in the way of our life’s journey. So, if pain or fatigue (or both) is preventing you from making the most of your day-to-day life, here’s some wonderful news to help you live your life to the fullest, safely and naturally.


Modern medicine has made some great strides in helping us live longer. However, like anything, it has its limitations, and all pharmaceuticals have some risks and side effects. Opioids, for example, are powerful drugs used to relieve pain. But these potent medications come with a slew of unwanted symptoms, like sedation, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. And because opioids are extremely addictive, they can lead to physical dependence and even death. Antidepressants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are also commonly used to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, and other chronic illnesses.

When it comes to chronic illness management, you have more options than just medications to get the job done. If you suffer with fatigue and pain from cancer, fibromyalgia, and other conditions, Panax ginseng may be the natural solution you’ve been looking for.  

It’s no secret that ginseng is one of the most widely used herbal supplements in the world. This cure-all wonder herb has been used for centuries to help fight fatigue, alleviate stress, and boost vitality. So, it makes perfect sense that researchers wanted to put Panax ginseng under the proverbial microscope to see how effective it could be at helping people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and other illnesses. What they discovered confirmed what traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have known for ages. 

Panax ginseng is best known for its ability to improve fatigue. As an adaptogen, it helps the body to manage stress. And studies have found that ginseng polysaccharides (compounds found in ginseng) have pharmacological activity on some of the body’s markers for fatigue. Panax ginseng’s ginsenosides (more compounds in ginseng) may also improve energy and relieve fatigue by improving blood flow to vital organs like the lungs, heart, and kidneys.

Cancer is already a devastating diagnosis. And adding on the debilitating symptom of cancer-related fatigue (CRF), for which conventional medical treatments are limited, makes disease management even more complicated. It’s no wonder then that it’s hugely significant that a 2015 study, published in Integrative Cancer Therapies, showed Panax ginseng safely and effectively improved cancer-related fatigue. It also enhanced quality of life, sleep, and appetite.


Dr. Melissa Carr is a registered Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine, caring for patients in an integrative medicine clinic in Vancouver.