Find out all the possible side effects of ginseng before
taking this popular Asian herb. In general, the reported side effects
are mild and increases with higher dosage used.
Start with a lower dose and increase gradually to allow your body to
get used to it.
research studies, human subjects reported very
few side effects of ginseng use.
The most commonly reported side effect is insomnia.
Other less common but possible side effects include high blood
pressure, diarrhea, restlessness, mastalgia and one case of vaginal
When used as a cream application on the penis, there may be a burning
or stinging sensation. It may also desensitize the penis and thus delay
- In appropriate
doses, research studies show that ginseng is shown to be safe to use.
Pregnancy and Lactation - There is
limited studies. Avoid taking during pregnancy and breastfeeding when
- Exercise caution
if using in children as it might act as a stimulant.
Health Condition Interactions
Warfarin / Blood Thinning
studies in human does not show this herb to affect blood
clotting. However, studies done in laboratory settings shows it to
reduce blood clotting.
doctor monitor your PT or INR levels
when starting or stopping this supplement. These would include Aspirin
(ASA), Plavix (clopidogrel) and several others.
Medications / Insulin
lower blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar levels
more frequently when you are starting or stopping this supplement.
include Diabeta (glyburide), Glucophage (metformin), Actos
(pioglitazone), Avandia (rosiglitazone), Amaryl (glimepiride),
Diamicron (glicazlide), Humulin and Novolin insulins, and others.
Cyclosporine / Immune Suppressing
suspected to stimulate the immune system. Thus, in theory,
it might counteract the effects of immune suppressing medications.
would include Neoral or Sandimmune (cyclosporine), CellCept
(mycophenolate), Prograf (tacrolimus), Deltasone (prednisone) and many
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
been reported to increase blood pressure at a low dose
but can decrease blood pressure at higher doses. Consult a healthcare
professional and monitor your blood pressure when starting or stopping
Disease - caution
Ginseng seems to stimulate the immune system. In people with an
immune disorder such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis
(RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriasis or ezcema (ectopic
dermatitis), it may worsen the condition.
Use with caution under the
guidance of a healthcare professional.
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