Does ginseng work?

Overall Effectiveness Rating for Ginseng

The overall effectiveness rating for ginseng is 1.2 out of 3. This rating means there is little to no evidence ginseng does what it claims. Using this supplement will not lead to positive results.

Overall Confidence Rating for Ginseng

There are 5 studies in the database on ginseng; the confidence rating is 24. A score above 80 means the effectiveness rating for this supplement is reliable. A score under 80 means there is insufficient evidence to ensure a reliable effectiveness rating. Note, this rating is for ginseng as a whole. There are also individual ratings for the claims below.

Products Containing Ginseng

Products Containing Ginseng
Unicorn Energy
P6 Ultra
Animal Rage XL
Full list of all 28 products containing Ginseng.

Individual Claims

The overall ratings above do no necessarily reflect each claim about ginseng. Individual claims can have higher or lower ratings. For example, some supplements may have a lot of backing for one claim, but be completely useless for another. Click on claims below for more information.

Body Composition (weight, muscle, body fat) Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
increase fat burning

Performance Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve cardiovascular endurance
improve cycling performance
improve rowing performance

Immune Health Claims Effectiveness Rating Confidence Rating
improve immune function


Title of Study
A randomized controlled crossover trial of the effect of ginseng consumption on the immune response to moderate exercise in healthy sedentary men
Ginseng supplementation does not change lactate threshold and physical performances in physically active Thai men
Ginseng supplementation does not enhance healthy young adults' peak aerobic exercise performance
Ginseng treatment improves psychomotor performance at rest and during graded exercise in young athletes
No ergogenic effects of ginseng (Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer) during graded maximal aerobic exercise