American Ginseng

Other names Panax Quinquefolius, Xi Yang Shen

American Ginseng

American Ginseng is used by some people as a natural focus-boosting, memory-enhancing, and mood-lifting nootropic. But is it effective? Read on to find out what the science says.


Read about the effects of American Ginseng in relation to the amount of evidence we've found

What effects does American Ginseng have on memory?

American Ginseng improved working memory in high-functioning adults in two double-blind placebo-controlled trials. Based on these findings, American Ginseng might be a useful nootropic to take while studying or socializing.

What cognitive benefits does American Ginseng have?

We analyzed data from 1 placebo-controlled study on the effects of American Ginseng in healthy humans and summarized the results here:

EffectEffect sizeEvidence amount
Minute positive
Relatively large
Minute positive
Relatively large


The legality and side effects of American Ginseng

How To Use

Dose, frequency and duration


Frequently asked questions about American Ginseng


Studies conducted on the effects of American Ginseng in healthy humans

Last updated Saturday, June 10, 2023