SCIENCE CHINA Life Sciences, Volume 59 , Issue 3 : 292-298(2016) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11427-016-5007-8

Roles and mechanisms of ginsenoside in cardiovascular diseases: progress and perspectives

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  • ReceivedSep 8, 2015
  • AcceptedNov 4, 2015
  • PublishedJan 20, 2016


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National Natural Science Foundation of China(81403266)

Sponsored Project from Advisor of Beijing Outstanding Doctorate Dissertation(20138450201)


Acknowledgements This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81403266) and the Sponsored Project from Advisor of Beijing Outstanding Doctorate Dissertation (20138450201).

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Compliance and ethics The author(s) declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  • Figure 1

    Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer plant and chemical structures of ginsenoside subtypes. A, Illustration of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer. B–D, Chemical structures of protopanaxadiol-type (B), oleanolic acid-type (C), and protopanaxatriol-type (D).

  • Figure 2

    Putative mechanisms underlying cardiovascular protective effects of ginsenosides.

  • Table 1   Classification of ginsenosides



    Protopanaxadiol (PPD) type

    Ra (1,2,3)

    Rb (1,2,3)






    Compound K

    Oleanolic acid type




    Protopanaxatriol (PPT) type







  • Table 2   Ingredients of frequently used patented Chinese medicines (ginseng preparations) for cardiovascular diseases


    Trade names of ginsengpreparations


    Types of ginsenoside



    Zhenyuan capsule

    Total saponins in the fruit of Panax ginseng C. A. Meyer

    Ginsenoside Re

    (Zhao, 2014)


    Xinyue capsule

    Panax quinquefolium saponin

    Ginsenoside Rg1, Re, and Rb3

    (Yang et al., 2013)


    Shenmai injection

    Red ginseng and Radix ophiopogonis

    Ginsenoside Rg1 and Re

    (Cao et al., 2011)


    Shengmai injection

    Red ginseng, Radix ophiopogonis, and Schisandra chinensis

    Ginsenoside Rb1 and Rc

    (Lu et al., 2011)


    Shenfu injection

    Red ginseng and Aconitum carmichaelii

    Ginsenoside Rd, Rb1, Rb2, Rc, Rg1, and Ro

    (He et al., 2014)


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