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What are side effects of taking ginger?

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In small doses, ginger has few side effects. High doses of ginger, more than 5 grams a day, raise the chance of side effects. Eating or drinking it may cause:

Ginger on the skin may cause a rash.

It may raise the risk of bleeding, and it could interact with blood thinners and medications for diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Gas
  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach
  • Mouth irritation

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Ginger."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Ginger."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Ginger."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 26, 2020

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Ginger."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine web site: "Herbs at a Glance: Ginger."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Ginger."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 26, 2020

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