Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Ginseng in Medicine

Christophe Hano

Laboratoire de Biologie des Ligneux et des Grandes Cultures INRA USC1328

Assistant Professor at the University of Orleans at Research INRAE Lab LBLGC USC1328 and a member of the Cosm'ACTIFS Research Group (CNRS GDR3711). He authored and co-authored more than 100 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters in internationally renowned journals.


Jen-Tsung Chen

National University of Kaohsiung

Dr. Jen-Tsung Chen is currently a professor at the National University of Kaohsiung in Taiwan. He teaches cell biology, genomics, proteomics, medicinal plant biotechnology, and plant tissue culture in college. Dr. Chen's research interests are bioactive compounds, chromatography techniques, in vitro culture, medicinal plants, phytochemicals, and plant biotechnology. He has published over 60 research papers, reviewed over 260 manuscripts, and edited at least 150 papers in international peer-review journals.


Plant Description Botany Phylogeny Genome Phytochemical Analysis Extraction Phytochemical Diversity Phytochemical Analysis Extraction Phytochemical Diversity Biotechnological Production Traditional Medicinal Uses

Register your interest in contributing to this book

Collaborate with our community and contribute your knowledge.

About the book

Ginseng is the most popular Chinese medicine, one of the most commonly used herbal medicines and has a wide variety of medicinal and pharmacological applications. Ginseng is a common term for plants belonging to the genus Panax, a name that means ""all-curing"" in Greek, and Panax ginseng (Meyer) has been used as a top-quality herb in many traditional medicines or as tonic for over 2000 years. Emblematic of a whole set of plants that have been qualified as adaptogens, it competes with another Araliacea, American ginseng, Panax quinquefolium or other pseudo-ginsengs including Dendropanax morbifera, Gynostemma plantphylum, Withania sominifera, Codonopsis lanceolata, Eleutherococcus senticosus, and Panax vietnamensis.

Ginseng preparation possesses a wide range of benefits to human health. The most beneficial phytochemicals in the Panax species, the ginsenosides (aka ginseng saponins or triterpene saponins), are unique to ginseng species. They have numerous therapeutic benefits, including neuroprotection, vasorelaxation, antioxidation, anticancer, antistress, anti-inflammatory, antiaging, antifatigue and anti-inflammation. Approximately 100 ginsenoside compounds have been identified. Researchers are now focused on using purified individual ginsenoside to reveal the specific mechanism of functions of ginseng. Among them, the most commonly studied ginsenosides are Rb1, Rg1, Rg3, Re, Rd and Rh1.

Various technologies, such as bioconversion, biotechnology and nanobiotechnology, have been used to overcome the limits that arise in the molecular size of ginsenosides and are used in various products.

The molecular mechanisms and medicinal uses of ginsenosides have gained a strong interest and hundreds of papers have been written in recent years. Ginsenosides exhibit complicated bioactive effects and regulate several metabolic pathways, and thus their efficacy is interconnected and needs to be clarified. The most recent research on the therapeutic potential of ginsenosides has reported molecular mechanisms for their action against cardiovascular disease, inflammation, endocrine perturbations, immune system diseases, or nervous system diseases. Although multiple functional studies have been performed to explain traditional beliefs about these plants using evidence-based research, more work is required to improve therapeutic values with empirical datasets.

This book will cover the botanical description and complexity of ""Ginseng"" species, phytochemistry, traditional and biotechnological production systems, traditional uses, modern applications, including future directions for the further development of ginseng compounds as effective therapeutic agents.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: October 8th 2020

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: November 5th 2020

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

Register for the book

Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: January 4th 2021

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: March 25th 2021

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: May 24th 2021

All chapters are copy-checked and typesetted before being published. IntechOpen regularly submits its books to major databases for evaluation and coverage, including the Clarivate Analytics Book Citation Index in the Web of ScienceTM Core Collection. Other discipline-specific databases are also targeted, such as Web of Science's BIOSIS Previews.

About the editor

Christophe Hano

Laboratoire de Biologie des Ligneux et des Grandes Cultures INRA USC1328

Dr. Christophe Hano (male, 1978), who completed his PhD in 2005 in Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is now Assistant Professor at the University of Orleans at Research INRAE Lab LBLGC USC1328 and a member of the Cosm'ACTIFS Research Group (CNRS GDR3711). His research career has focused on applied plant metabolism and plant biotechnology. He has written more than 100 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters in internationally renowned journals and edited one book as well as a variety of journal topical issues on plant secondary metabolism, including polyphenols. He is Academic, Assistant Editor and/or Editorial Board Member of several renowned Q1 Journals in Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology (including Plos ONE, Biomolecules, Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, Frontiers in Plant Science, Cosmetics). He was reviewers for more than 500 papers for ca 35 International Journals, and recognized scientific expert for several national and international Institutions. Currently, he is developing research projects aimed at studying plant secondary metabolism to lead to the development of natural products with interests in pharmacology or cosmetics. His research focuses on the green extraction and analytical methods applied to plant polyphenols, elucidation of biosynthetic mechanisms of plant natural products and their exploitation by metabolic engineering approaches. He was a leader (project manager) in 6 scientific projects and major investigator in several more. In this context he conducts research projects in cooperation with industrial companies and he coordinates in the European Le Studium® Consortium Action on the bioproduction of bioactive extracts for cosmetic applications through plant cell in vitro cultures. In this context, he explores the potential of the Loire Valley Flora Area for cosmetic applications. (Cited over 1450 times; H=20; i10=44;

View profile

Book chapters authored 0

Books edited 0

Introducing your Author Service Manager

Ms. Romina Rovan

As an Author Service Manager my responsibilities include monitoring and facilitating all publishing activities for authors and editors. From chapter submission and review, to approval and revision, copyediting and design, until final publication, I work closely with authors and editors to ensure a simple and easy publishing process. I maintain constant and effective communication with authors, editors and reviewers, which allows for a level of personal support that enables contributors to fully commit and concentrate on the chapters they are writing, editing, or reviewing. I assist authors in the preparation of their full chapter submissions and track important deadlines and ensure they are met. I help to coordinate internal processes such as linguistic review, and monitor the technical aspects of the process. As an ASM I am also involved in the acquisition of editors. Whether that be identifying an exceptional author and proposing an editorship collaboration, or contacting researchers who would like the opportunity to work with IntechOpen, I establish and help manage author and editor acquisition and contact.

Ask a question

Book will be abstracted and indexed in