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Aswagandha, the Indian Ginseng: A therapeutically Safer & commercially viable more potent medicine than famous Chinese drug Ginseng: An evidence based market review

ashwagandha vs Ginseng

Scope of Indian Herbal exporters in International Market

Aswagandha is a very potent ayurvedic medicine. It has been widely used by the ayurvedic ancestors in single or in a compound formulation also. Gingseng is a very popular herb. It is having immunomodulatory, aphrodisiac like effect which are very similar to the actions of Aswagandha. Researchers found that in comparison with different actions Aswagandha is superior to Gingseng.

But due to gingseng’s popularity and commercial branding it became more expensive than aswagandha. Whereas aswagandha is more abundantly available drug in Indian market and even more safe in comparison to Gingseng.

Aswagandha -Indian Ginseng
Aswagandha -Indian Ginseng

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In this study the comparative data of aswagandha and gingseng has been published based on various scientific report. This will surely aware the researchers and the marketer to draw their interest in aswagandha and will make its cultivation in a more rational way to boost up the medicinal plant supply market of India in international market.

Aswagandha vs Gingseng: Safety perspective

Particulars

 

Aswagandha

 

Gingseng

 

Dose

1-6 g

1-2 g

Therapeutic window

Comparatively wider

Comparatively narrow

Contraindication

 

Contraindicated with pregnant woman in Europe and USA

Strictly contraindicated with pregnant woman

 

Aswagandha vs Ginseng: Therapeutic efficacy

 

Aswagandha

Gingseng

Clinical study

 

1)    57% increase in sperm motility

1)    30 % increase in sperm motility

 

2)    167% increase in sperm count ((D. Langade et al.,2013)

2)    58% increase in sperm count

(Lee HY et al., 1988).

 

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Aswagandha vs Ginseng: Market value

Particulars

Aswagandha

Gingseng

Market Consumption (Yearly)

7000 tons  from India

44,749 tons from China

 

Rate

$20-$30/ per pound

$450-$650/ per pound

The above study report found superiority of aswangandha over gingseng in every aspect.

In a nutshell Aswagandha is more safe, therapeutically active, convenient in dosage form and reasonable in price in comparison with gingseng.

Medicinal plant trader and government should take necessary steps to grab the opportunity.

References

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