Ginseng

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What are common uses and side effects of ginseng?

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Common uses of ginseng

Ginseng is a plant used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. The root contains the active part of the plant. Some people claim that ginseng improves general health, enhances natural resistance to stress and infection, combats fatigue, and improves memory and thinking. There are two types of ginseng: American and Asian. The strongest is the Asian variety. Siberian ginseng belongs to a different family of herbs, and should not be confused with Asian or American ginseng.

Ginseng side effects

Ginseng's most common side effects are nervousness, trouble sleeping, or an excited feeling. These effects may go away after taking ginseng for a few days. Other side effects include breast tenderness or vaginal bleeding in women, high blood pressure, diarrhea, anxiety, hypoglycemia, and skin rash. People with high blood pressure or diabetes should check with a doctor before taking ginseng, because its side effects are unpredictable. Do not take ginseng if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

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