Chemical diversity of ginseng saponins from Panax ginseng

Byong Kyu Shin, Sung Won Kwon, Jeong Hill Park

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Ginseng, a perennial plant belonging to the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family, is well known for its medicinal properties that help alleviate pathological symptoms, promote health, and prevent potential diseases. Among the active ingredients of ginseng are saponins, most of which are glycosides of triterpenoid aglycones. So far, numerous saponins have been reported as components of Panax ginseng, also known as Korean ginseng. Herein, we summarize available information about 112 saponins related to P. ginseng; >80 of them are isolated from raw or processed ginseng, and the others are acid/base hydrolysates, semisynthetic saponins, or metabolites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-298
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Ginseng Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Araliaceae
  • Dammarane
  • Ginsenoside
  • Panax ginseng
  • Triterpene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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