Ginseng helps speed recovery from acute attacks
of chronic bronchitis
Adjunctive treatment with standardized ginseng extract G115®
increased the speed of bacterial clearance in patients undergoing
treatment with antibiotics for chronic bronchitis. The study participants
were 75 Italians with acute attacks of chronic bronchitis who
received treatment with 875 mg amoxicillin and 125 mg clavulanic
acid twice daily for 9 days and were then randomized into two
groups. One group (37 patients) received only the antibiotic treatment,
and the other (38 patients) took the antibiotics in combination
with ginseng extract at a dose of 100 mg twice daily. In the 44
patients who were evaluable at the end of the study, the time
to complete clearance of bacteria was significantly shorter in
the group receiving the combination treatment (median 6 days/mean
5.9 days vs. median 7 days/mean 6.7 days). The researchers suggest,
"Patients in whom the elimination of bacteria from the bronchial
system is particularly difficult may benefit from the use of ginseng."
Scaglione R, Weiser K, Alessandra M. Effects of the standardised
ginseng extract G115 in patients with chronic bronchitis. Clin
Drug Invest 2001; 21(1): 41-45.
© 2003 by Herb Research Foundation,
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