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Effects of Korean ginseng berry extract on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction: a multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study.

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Ginseng is beneficial for many aspects of human physiology, including sexual function. In this study, we have evaluated the efficacy and safety of an extract of ginseng berry, which has a ginsenoside profile distinct from other parts of the plant, on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction. In all, 119 men with mild-to-moderate ED participated in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled clinical study. They were administered 4 tablets of either standardized Korean ginseng berry (SKGB, 350 mg ginseng berry extract per tablet), or placebo, daily, for 8 weeks. Efficacy was assessed with the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-15 and premature ejaculation diagnostic tool (PEDT) at the end of the 4th and 8th week. We observed that the total and each of the individual domain scores of IIEF-15 increased from 40.95 ± 7.05 to 46.19 ± 12.69 significantly in the SKGB by the 8th week (P<0.05). The erectile function domain of IIEF changed slightly from 17.17 ± 2.57 to 18.59 ± 5.99 in the SKGB group by the 8th week (P<0.05). In addition, PEDT scores significantly improved from 9.14 ± 4.57 to 7.97 ± 4.4 and 7.53 ± 4.26 in the SKGB group after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment (P<0.05). Safety markers including hormone and lipid in the blood were assessed at the end of the 4th and 8th week and they remained unchanged. Oral administration of the SKGB extract improved all domains of sexual function. It can be used as an alternative medicine to improve sexual life in men with sexual dysfunction.

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    Department of Urology and Urological Science Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

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    MeSH

    Adult
    Aged
    Double-Blind Method
    Ejaculation
    Erectile Dysfunction
    Fruit
    Ginsenosides
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Panax
    Patient Satisfaction
    Penile Erection
    Phytotherapy
    Placebos
    Plant Extracts
    Severity of Illness Index
    Treatment Outcome

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Multicenter Study
    Randomized Controlled Trial
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23254461

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    Choi, Y D., et al. "Effects of Korean Ginseng Berry Extract On Sexual Function in Men With Erectile Dysfunction: a Multicenter, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Clinical Study." International Journal of Impotence Research, vol. 25, no. 2, 2013, pp. 45-50.
    Choi YD, Park CW, Jang J, et al. Effects of Korean ginseng berry extract on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction: a multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study. Int J Impot Res. 2013;25(2):45-50.
    Choi, Y. D., Park, C. W., Jang, J., Kim, S. H., Jeon, H. Y., Kim, W. G., ... Chung, W. S. (2013). Effects of Korean ginseng berry extract on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction: a multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study. International Journal of Impotence Research, 25(2), pp. 45-50. doi:10.1038/ijir.2012.45.
    Choi YD, et al. Effects of Korean Ginseng Berry Extract On Sexual Function in Men With Erectile Dysfunction: a Multicenter, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind Clinical Study. Int J Impot Res. 2013;25(2):45-50. PubMed PMID: 23254461.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Effects of Korean ginseng berry extract on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction: a multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study. AU - Choi,Y D, AU - Park,C W, AU - Jang,J, AU - Kim,S H, AU - Jeon,H Y, AU - Kim,W G, AU - Lee,S J, AU - Chung,W S, Y1 - 2012/12/20/ PY - 2012/12/21/entrez PY - 2012/12/21/pubmed PY - 2013/8/31/medline SP - 45 EP - 50 JF - International journal of impotence research JO - Int. J. Impot. Res. VL - 25 IS - 2 N2 - Ginseng is beneficial for many aspects of human physiology, including sexual function. In this study, we have evaluated the efficacy and safety of an extract of ginseng berry, which has a ginsenoside profile distinct from other parts of the plant, on sexual function in men with erectile dysfunction. In all, 119 men with mild-to-moderate ED participated in a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled clinical study. They were administered 4 tablets of either standardized Korean ginseng berry (SKGB, 350 mg ginseng berry extract per tablet), or placebo, daily, for 8 weeks. Efficacy was assessed with the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-15 and premature ejaculation diagnostic tool (PEDT) at the end of the 4th and 8th week. We observed that the total and each of the individual domain scores of IIEF-15 increased from 40.95 ± 7.05 to 46.19 ± 12.69 significantly in the SKGB by the 8th week (P<0.05). The erectile function domain of IIEF changed slightly from 17.17 ± 2.57 to 18.59 ± 5.99 in the SKGB group by the 8th week (P<0.05). In addition, PEDT scores significantly improved from 9.14 ± 4.57 to 7.97 ± 4.4 and 7.53 ± 4.26 in the SKGB group after 4 and 8 weeks of treatment (P<0.05). Safety markers including hormone and lipid in the blood were assessed at the end of the 4th and 8th week and they remained unchanged. Oral administration of the SKGB extract improved all domains of sexual function. It can be used as an alternative medicine to improve sexual life in men with sexual dysfunction. SN - 1476-5489 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23254461/full_citation L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ijir.2012.45 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -