Claims ginseng is 'new Viagra' just don’t stand up

Conclusion This randomised control trial comparing 59 men taking ginseng extract pills to 59 men taking placebo pills for eight weeks found that ginseng did not improve sexual dysfunction more than placebo across a range of areas (erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function, sexual desire and overall sexual satisfaction). Those taking ginseng showed a small but significant improvement in erectile dysfunction score compared to those on a placebo dummy pill. The research authors’ conclusions put an overly positive spin on the results of this well designed study. They concluded that “oral administration of the SKGB [ginseng] extract improved all domains of sexual function” but neglect to mention that in all domains, barring premature ejaculation, this improvement was no better than taking a dummy placebo pill. This is a very crucial and arguably disingenuous omission. As is often the case with studies using scales and scores to assess a condition, it is difficult to assess the magnitude of the impact this has on a person’s life. For instance, do the men registering the small one or two point improvement in ejaculation function actually notice their condition has improved, do they feel more confident, or is this change too small to notice? A one to two point improvement, in terms of the PEDT diagnostic tool, could represent only a very modest improvement, such as moving from being extremely frustrated due to premature ejaculation to be...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Source Type: news

Related Links:

TYPE 2 diabetes does not pose a threat if you keep blood sugar levels under control. Diet acts as the ultimate bulwark against high blood sugar levels and a natural green powder has been proven to lower blood sugar.
Source: Daily Express - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2020Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical AnalysisAuthor(s): Jia Liu, Yang Liu, Kexin Wu, Liben Pan, Zhong-Hua Tang
Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2020Source: Journal of Herbal MedicineAuthor(s): Maryam Hassanpour Moghadam, Zohreh Ghasemi, Samaneh Sepahi, Raheleh Rahbarian, Hooman Mosannen Mozaffari, Seyed Ahmad Mohajeri
Source: Journal of Herbal Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2020Source: EXPLOREAuthor(s): HongJuan Li, Haoming Huang, Wenjie Long, Junling Zuo, Hongqiang Huang
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
At any given time, more than a third of Americans are on a specific diet, with weight loss as a leading reason. Most are going to be disappointed, because even when successful, lost weight is frequently regained within a few months. While most weight-loss diets can help you lose weight, they may be unsuccessful over the long run for a number of reasons. Some people don’t follow their diets carefully and don’t lose much weight even from the start. Others may go off the diet entirely after a while, because it’s too restrictive or the foods aren’t appealing. Some may engage in less physical activity as...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Diet and Weight Loss Source Type: blogs
Conditions:   Erectile Dysfunction;   Penile Diseases Intervention:   Diagnostic Test: shear Wave Elastosonography Sponsor:   University Of Perugia Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
How prevalent is statin use among terminally ill nursing home residents? Should statins be discontinued in those unlikely to benefit from continued use?Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news
CONCLUSIONS: Trials of antidepressants may be driven mainly by commercial interests, focusing on prevalent diseases and everyday problems. No one can live a full life without experiencing several of the problems for which these drugs were tested. Antidepressants, sometimes called happy pills, could be seen as the modern version of Aldous Huxley's soma pill intended to keep everyone happy in the "Brave New World". PMID: 32444565 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Int J Risk Saf Med Source Type: research
In conclusion, our findings suggest that CES1 rs8192935 and rs8192950 are associated with BCR and that CES1 plays a tumor suppressive role in prostate cancer.
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Management of homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia is challenging. What are the prospects for attaining LDL cholesterol goal with novel therapies? This latest commentary discusses the new findings for evinacumab, an ANGPTL3 monoclonal antibody.
Source: Atherosclerosis - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: EAS Updates Source Type: research
More News: Alternative and Complementary Therapies | Chemistry | Cholesterol | Complementary Medicine | Erectile Dysfunction | Ginseng | Grants | Health | Herbs | Hormones | Impotence | Men | Premature Ejaculation | Research | Science | Sexual Dysfunction | Statistics | Study | Viagra