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Accession NumberDB01404
TypeSmall Molecule
GroupsApproved, Nutraceutical
DescriptionGinseng is promoted as an adaptogen (a product that increases the body's resistance to stress), one which can to a certain extent be supported with reference to its anticarcinogenic and antioxidant properties. Ginseng is also known to contain phytoestrogens.
SynonymsNot Available
External Identifiers Not Available
Approved Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
Siberian Ginseng Extractumliquid1300 mgoralClassical Remedia LtdNot applicableNot applicableCanada
Siberian Ginseng Tablettablet3000 mgoralClassical Remedia LtdNot applicableNot applicableCanada
Approved Generic Prescription ProductsNot Available
Approved Over the Counter Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
Ginsana Cap 100mgcapsule100 mgoralQuest Vitamins A Div Of Purity Life Health Products1995-12-312006-07-25Canada
Ginseng Energy Formula Tabletstablet100 mgoralAshbury Research CorporationNot applicableNot applicableCanada
Unapproved/Other Products Not Available
International BrandsNot Available
Brand mixturesNot Available
SaltsNot Available
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CAS number50647-08-0
WeightNot Available
Chemical FormulaNot Available
InChI KeyNot Available
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IUPAC NameNot Available
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IndicationNot Available
Structured Indications Not Available
PharmacodynamicsNot Available
Mechanism of action
TargetKindPharmacological actionActionsOrganismUniProt ID
HumanP05231 details
Prostaglandin G/H synthase 2Proteinunknown
HumanP35354 details
Aryl hydrocarbon receptorProteinunknown
HumanP35869 details
Related Articles
AbsorptionNot Available
Volume of distributionNot Available
Protein bindingNot Available
MetabolismNot Available
Route of eliminationNot Available
Half lifeNot Available
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Affected organismsNot Available
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SNP Mediated EffectsNot Available
SNP Mediated Adverse Drug ReactionsNot Available
Drug InteractionsNot Available
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Synthesis Reference

Iwao Hachiya, Keizo Mochizuki, Yukio Kuwada, “Method of preparing dried ginseng for drug.” U.S. Patent US4446130, issued January, 1970.

General References
  1. Lee YJ, Jin YR, Lim WC, Park WK, Cho JY, Jang S, Lee SK: Ginsenoside-Rb1 acts as a weak phytoestrogen in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. Arch Pharm Res. 2003 Jan;26(1):58-63. [PubMed:12568360 ]
  2. Chan RY, Chen WF, Dong A, Guo D, Wong MS: Estrogen-like activity of ginsenoside Rg1 derived from Panax notoginseng. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Aug;87(8):3691-5. [PubMed:12161497 ]
  3. Lee Y, Jin Y, Lim W, Ji S, Choi S, Jang S, Lee S: A ginsenoside-Rh1, a component of ginseng saponin, activates estrogen receptor in human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2003 Mar;84(4):463-8. [PubMed:12732291 ]
  4. McElhaney JE, Gravenstein S, Cole SK, Davidson E, O'neill D, Petitjean S, Rumble B, Shan JJ: A placebo-controlled trial of a proprietary extract of North American ginseng (CVT-E002) to prevent acute respiratory illness in institutionalized older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2004 Jan;52(1):13-9. [PubMed:14687309 ]
  5. Lewis WH, Zenger VE, Lynch RG: No adaptogen response of mice to ginseng and Eleutherococcus infusions. J Ethnopharmacol. 1983 Aug;8(2):209-14. [PubMed:6685799 ]
External Links
ATC CodesNot Available
AHFS Codes
  • 92:01.00*
  • 92:02.00*
PDB EntriesNot Available
FDA labelNot Available
MSDSDownload (73.2 KB)
Predicted ADMET featuresNot Available
ManufacturersNot Available
Dosage forms
Capsuleoral100 mg
Tabletoral100 mg
Liquidoral1300 mg
Tabletoral3000 mg
Unit descriptionCostUnit
V-r panax ginseng 300 mg capsule0.18USD capsule
Ra ginseng 100 mg softgel0.17USD softgel capsule
Eql ginseng 100 mg caplet0.15USD caplet
Eql ginseng 100 mg softgel0.15USD softgel capsule
Korean ginseng 1000 mg tablet0.14USD tablet
Siberian ginseng 250 mg capsule0.14USD capsule
CVS Pharmacy ginseng 200 mg softgel0.13USD softgel capsule
Korean ginseng 518 mg cap0.13USD capsule
Korean ginseng 350 mg capsule0.09USD capsule
Ginseng 8 gr capsule0.08USD capsule
Siberian root 1000 mg capsule0.08USD capsule
Ginseng 250 mg capsule0.07USD capsule
Ra siberian ginseng 410 mg0.05USD each
Gnp ginseng root 410 mg capsule0.04USD capsule
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Experimental PropertiesNot Available
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Pharmacological action
General Function:
Interleukin-6 receptor binding
Specific Function:
Cytokine with a wide variety of biological functions. It is a potent inducer of the acute phase response. Plays an essential role in the final differentiation of B-cells into Ig-secreting cells Involved in lymphocyte and monocyte differentiation. Acts on B-cells, T-cells, hepatocytes, hematopoietic progenitor cells and cells of the CNS. Required for the generation of T(H)17 cells. Also acts as ...
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Molecular Weight:
23717.965 Da
  1. Kim DH, Moon YS, Lee TH, Jung JS, Suh HW, Song DK: The inhibitory effect of ginseng saponins on the stress-induced plasma interleukin-6 level in mice. Neurosci Lett. 2003 Dec 15;353(1):13-6. [PubMed:14642426 ]
  2. Kim SJ, Jeong HJ, Yi BJ, Kang TH, An NH, Lee EH, Yang DC, Kim HM, Hong SH, Um JY: Transgenic Panax ginseng inhibits the production of TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-8 as well as COX-2 expression in human mast cells. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(2):329-39. [PubMed:17436372 ]
Pharmacological action
General Function:
Prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase activity
Specific Function:
Converts arachidonate to prostaglandin H2 (PGH2), a committed step in prostanoid synthesis. Constitutively expressed in some tissues in physiological conditions, such as the endothelium, kidney and brain, and in pathological conditions, such as in cancer. PTGS2 is responsible for production of inflammatory prostaglandins. Up-regulation of PTGS2 is also associated with increased cell adhesion, p...
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Molecular Weight:
68995.625 Da
  1. Yim HW, Jong HS, Kim TY, Choi HH, Kim SG, Song SH, Kim J, Ko SG, Lee JW, Kim TY, Bang YJ: Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibits novel ginseng metabolite-mediated apoptosis. Cancer Res. 2005 Mar 1;65(5):1952-60. [PubMed:15753395 ]
  2. Seo JY, Lee JH, Kim NW, Her E, Chang SH, Ko NY, Yoo YH, Kim JW, Seo DW, Han JW, Kim YM, Choi WS: Effect of a fermented ginseng extract, BST204, on the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 in murine macrophages. Int Immunopharmacol. 2005 May;5(5):929-36. [PubMed:15778128 ]
  3. Kim SJ, Jeong HJ, Yi BJ, Kang TH, An NH, Lee EH, Yang DC, Kim HM, Hong SH, Um JY: Transgenic Panax ginseng inhibits the production of TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-8 as well as COX-2 expression in human mast cells. Am J Chin Med. 2007;35(2):329-39. [PubMed:17436372 ]
Pharmacological action
General Function:
Transcription regulatory region dna binding
Specific Function:
Ligand-activated transcriptional activator. Binds to the XRE promoter region of genes it activates. Activates the expression of multiple phase I and II xenobiotic chemical metabolizing enzyme genes (such as the CYP1A1 gene). Mediates biochemical and toxic effects of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons. Involved in cell-cycle regulation. Likely to play an important role in the development and matu...
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Molecular Weight:
96146.705 Da
  1. Wang Y, Ye X, Ma Z, Liang Q, Lu B, Tan H, Xiao C, Zhang B, Gao Y: Induction of cytochrome P450 1A1 expression by ginsenoside Rg1 and Rb1 in HepG2 cells. Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 Dec 28;601(1-3):73-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2008.10.057. Epub 2008 Nov 11. [PubMed:19022240 ]
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Drug created on July 13, 2007 14:21 / Updated on August 17, 2016 12:23