American Ginseng Improves Cancer-related Fatigue
In a collaborative phase III trial of the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and Mayo Clinic reported in Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Debra L. Barton, RN, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, and colleagues, patients with cancer-related fatigue were treated with Wisconsin ginseng (a common type of American ginseng) or placebo. Fatigue was significantly reduced in ginseng recipients at 8 weeks, and no discernible toxicities were associated with ginseng treatment.
- Ginseng significantly reduced fatigue at 8 weeks compared with placebo in patients with cancer-related fatigue.
- The relative benefit of ginseng was greater among patients currently receiving cancer therapy.
- Ginseng was not associated with any discernible toxicities.
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