Continuing Education Activity
There are many described uses for ginseng. Due to its antioxidative and potential neuromodulating effects, it has become a popular supplement in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, and brain ischemia. Additional claimed uses are for its antihypertensive, cardioprotective, and anticancer effects. A systematic review analyzing the efficacy of ginseng regarding unstable angina showed an improvement in the electrocardiogram, frequency, and duration of angina episodes with subsequent nitroglycerin treatment and cholesterol levels. This activity outlines the indications, mechanism of action, dosing, important adverse effects, contraindications, monitoring, and toxicity of ginseng and increases the knowledge of prescribers about how to approach this herbal supplement and all health professionals in how to counsel patients who use it or might want to use it.
- Identify the mechanism of action of ginseng.
- Review the purported indications for using ginseng.
- Outline potentially significant drug-drug interactions with ginseng use.
- Explain the importance of the interprofessional team to enhance the delivery of care for patients taking ginseng who come into medical practice.