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Asian Ginseng (Supplement)

Last updated on 18/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Asian Ginseng / Panax ginseng


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Cheong Kwan Jang 正官庄, Vita Green 維特健靈

DRUG CLASS: Herbal medicine

USED FOR: Improving lung and neurological functions, and physical stamina, reducing risks of heart and blood vessel diseases, and fatigue

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Chamomile, Cranberry, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, kava, St John’s Wort, Valerian

What is Asian Ginseng for?

Asian Ginseng is a herb traditionally used as a supplement.  Ginseng can be used to improve lung and neurological function and reduce cardiovascular risk and fatigue. It can also boost your stamina and vitality. Asian Ginseng is different from American Ginseng.

How to use it?

Asian Ginseng is usually consumed as a herbal tea, or sometimes as tablets, capsules and liquid. You should only take a little amount of Asian Ginseng each time and for a short period of time. For specific dosages, refer to the product label.

What are the side effects of Asian Ginseng?

The side effects of taking Asian Ginseng are headache, sleep disturbance, tremor, nausea and vomiting.

Who should not take Asian Ginseng?

– Infants and children
– Pregnant or breastfeeding women 

Pharmacist Tips:

Data on the safety and efficacy of Asian Ginseng are limited and not conclusive. There is also variability in the quality and purity of the products. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any herbal supplements.

Common dosing schedule:
Take Asian Ginseng supplements as per product instructions.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Asian Ginseng may interact with:
– Anticoagulants, e.g. Heparin, Warfarin
– Other herbs that may increase the bleeding risk, e.g. Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Asian Ginseng in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Asian Ginseng can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Asian Ginseng in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.