Korean red ginseng relieves stress, fatigue and may long COVID: study

Attendees of the 2022 Spring Ginseng Conference pose for a photo. (KT&G)

Korean red ginseng improves stress resistance and alleviates fatigue, especially effective in relieving stress in under-energized people with chronic fatigue and low blood pressure, studies showed Tuesday.

At the 2022 Spring Ginseng Conference hosted by the Korean Ginseng Society last week, a series of studies showed that regular consumption of red ginseng products showed improved stress management and tiredness.

According to a comparative study by local family medicine specialist Dr. Kim Kyong-chol, who observed 50 people taking red ginseng products or 26 who did not,

The former group of people said they felt their condition had improved compared to before. The study observed people between the ages of 20 and 70 suffering from chronic fatigue.

Another research by Professor Chung Tae-ha of Wonju Severance Christian Hospital and Professor Lee Yong-jae of Gangnam Severance Hospital showed that red ginseng not only alleviated fatigue but also improved biological indicators of aging in postmenopausal women.

These findings are getting more attention from the medical community, as many patients are experiencing increased fatigue as a long-term side effect of COVID-19, medical industry insiders have said.

Symptoms similar to that of chronic fatigue may appear after recovery from the pandemic, lasting 3 to 9 months, according to the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, research results on the antiviral effects of Korean red ginseng on the HCoV OC43 coronavirus strand and the COVID-19 resistance of Goryeo ginseng were also presented at the conference.

By Lee Seung-ku ([email protected])

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