An ancient Chinese herb, ginseng has a wide variety of health benefits. Sometimes referred to the “king of all herbs,” ginseng is used against cancer, to reduce inflammation, and to simply boost your mood. One little-known effect of ginseng, reported in some studies, is its ability to relieve insomnia.
A 2013 study found ginseng extract to improve sleep quality in 20 male volunteers. Another study in rats came to a similar conclusion. Aside from these two studies, research is limited, but the existing evidence does seem to point to ginseng being an effective sleep aid.
Ginseng can be drunk in the form of tea or taken in capsules. Dosage instructions for ginseng can vary depending on the brand. Ginseng is relatively safe so it can’t hurt to experiment with different amounts of the substance.
There is a lack of evidence about the long-term safety of ginseng since it hasn’t been studied in depth. Known side effects of ginseng may include:
- stomach problems
- allergic reaction
Contact your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about ginseng side effects.