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Issue # 69.3 - Herb ResearchEffects of Siberian Ginseng on elderly quality of life
A feeling of fatigue and asthenia often pushes elderly patients to require any form of help. Traditional Chinese medicine suggest that Siberian ginseng could act as safe \"adaptogenic\" substance. The aim of this study was to test the effect of Siberian Ginseng administration on elderly, health related quality of life (HRQOL). 20 elderly hypertensive and digitalized volunteers over the age of 60 were randomized in a double -blind manner to Siberian Ginseng dry extract 300 mg/day or placebo for 8 weeks. A general health status questionnaire was used to access HRQOL at baseline and at 4 and 8 weeks which showed no significant difference between the groups. After 4 weeks of therapy, higher scores in social functioning scales were observed in patients randomized to Siberian Ginseng. No adverse event had been observed in both groups of patients. In conclusion, Siberian Ginseng safely improves some aspects of mental health and social functioning after 4 weeks of therapy.
Arch Gerontol Geriatr Suppl. 2004;(9):69-73.
Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common health issue that affects 8% of all men at the age of 40, 60% of men in their 70s, and 90% of those greater than 80 years of age. One-fourth of these men will develop moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms that greatly affect their quality of life. Recent evidence suggests that the use of saw palmetto leads to improvements in urinary function for those suffering from BPH. The favorable comparison of saw palmetto with tamsulosin, a well-known first line agent in the treatment of urinary tract symptoms, demonstrates promise towards a beneficial effect of this herbal agent, with very few, if any, adverse effects.
Am J Chin Med. 2004;32(3):331-8.