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What are the side effects of taking ginseng?

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Side effects from ginseng are generally mild. Since ginseng can act as a stimulant in some people, it has been reported to cause nervousness and insomnia. Long-term use or high doses of ginseng may cause headaches, dizziness, stomach upset, and other symptoms. Women who use ginseng regularly may experience menstrual changes. There have also been some reports of allergic reactions to ginseng.

From: Ginseng Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Asian Ginseng."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Ginseng.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Asian Ginseng."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

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