Pharmacy: Ginseng Supplementation: Uses, Effectiveness, and Safety

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About Course #Y8024

Start Date: September 7, 2017

Expiration Date: September 7, 2020

The popular herb Ginseng is valued as a general tonic and for the ability to help the body cope with stress. There are two primary types of ginseng: Asian ginseng, also called Panax, Chinese, or Korean ginseng, and American ginseng. The active principles in ginseng are the ginsenosides. The quantity and type of ginsenoside differs between the types of ginseng, explaining the different properties of Asian versus American ginseng. Asian ginseng is classified as possibly effective for the following conditions: Alzheimer's disease, chronic pulmonary disease, cognitive function, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, sexual arousal in women, influenza, and multiple sclerosis-related fatigue. American ginseng is classified as possibly effective for diabetes and respiratory tract infections. This course helps pharmacists assisting patients in the appropriate use, dosing, adverse effects, interactions, and product quality of ginseng.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-17-026-H01-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 01 - Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Course Objectives

  • Identify the components of ginseng responsible for its effectiveness.
  • List potential uses of ginseng based on the evidence for its effectiveness.
  • Explain common adverse effects and safety concerns when using ginseng.
  • Apply practical considerations of the use of ginseng to the education of patients using these products.
  • Compare the use of ginseng to other products used for the same conditions.

About the Author

Peggy Piascik, PhD, RPh, received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University (ONU) and a PhD in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Pharmacy. She is a professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy (UKCOP). Dr. Piascik speaks at continuing education conferences on the topics of new drugs, dietary supplements, and personalized medicine. She teaches a problem-based elective course in the area of herbal and dietary supplements and co-coordinates an elective course in behavior modification coaching.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • Peer reviewer Gary Kracoff has disclosed that he is on the advisory committee for Boiron USA and is Medical Director at the Academy of Integrative Medicine. He has agreed to present content that is current, evidence based, and without bias.
  • All other persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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