Wednesday, 9 January 2013

1.Erectile Dysfunction/Brewer's Droop. Ginseng could be better for sex-life than drugs. Research by scientists in S Korea, Seoul

Ginseng plant and the vital red berries used in the pills

Ginseng Roots


Scientists in South Korea at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul divided a group of 119 men into two groups, half of whom took ginseng pills and the rest placebos.  After only eight weeks those on four ginseng pills a day for eight weeks noticed a significant improvement in their sex-life.

Men with erectile dysfunction or ED currently take drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra which do not necessarily produce the desired effect. Unpopular alternatives for ED sufferers have been to use a pump to increase blood supply to the penis or to inject it with drugs. Natural remedies like oysters are famous aphrodisiacs, but these are not always to hand. The Chinese have known ginseng is an aphrodisiac for 2000 years, but now there is scientific proof. The root of ginseng contains medicinal properties ginsenosides or panaxosides, as well as the benefits obtained from the berries.

Wikipedia waxes eloquent on ginseng; it is good for type II diabetes, and current research on ginseng’s therapeutic properties for respiratory illnesses, quality of life, flu or fatigue in cancer patients is under way.

Research on where to buy the pills has drawn a blank, but presumably they will soon be in mass production. Watch this space. Meanwhile you could grow your own and extract the juice from the berries.

The summary of the report in The International Journal of Impotence is published in full below: it is well-written, understandable for any layman and admirably pithy.

Dec 20. 2012 Effects of Korean ginseng berry extract on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction: a multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study.

Choi YD, Park CW, Jang J, Kim SH, Jeon HY, Kim WG, Lee SJ, Chung WS.
SourceDepartment of Urology and Urological Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

Ginseng is beneficial for many aspects of human physiology, including sexual function. In this study, we have evaluated the efficacy and safety of an extract of ginseng berry, which has a ginsenoside profile distinct from other parts of the plant, on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction. In all, 119 men with mild-to-moderate ED participated in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled clinical study. They were administered 4 tablets of either standardized Korean ginseng berry (SKGB, 350 mg ginseng berry extract per tablet), or placebo, daily, for 8 weeks. Efficacy was assessed with the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-15 and premature ejaculation diagnostic tool (PEDT) at the end of the 4th and 8th week. We observed that the total and each of the individual domain scores of IIEF-15 increased from 40.95±7.05 to 46.19±12.69 significantly in the SKGB by the 8th week (P<0.05). The erectile function domain of IIEF changed slightly from 17.17±2.57 to 18.59±5.99 in the SKGB group by the 8th week (P<0.05). In addition, PEDT scores significantly improved from 9.14±4.57 to 7.97±4.4 and 7.53±4.26 in the SKGB group after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment (P<0.05). Safety markers including hormone and lipid in the blood were assessed at the end of the 4th and 8th week and they remained unchanged. Oral administration of the SKGB extract improved all domains of sexual function. It can be used as an alternative medicine to improve sexual life in men with sexual dysfunction. International Journal of Impotence Research (2012) 0, 000-000. advance online publication, 20 December 2012; doi:10.1038/ijir.2012.45.