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ginger (cont.)

Who should not take ginger ()?

Ask a doctor, pharmacist, herbalist, or other healthcare provider if it is safe for you to use this product if you have:

  • gallstones or any other disease of the gallbladder;
  • diabetes or if you are taking a medicine to control your blood sugar levels;
  • any heart problems or take any heart medicines;
  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or are taking a medicine to increase or decrease the clotting of your blood such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), or heparin; or
  • if you take other herbs, antioxidants, or health supplements (these may affect blood thinning).

Talk to your doctor before taking ginger if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to plants), or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Ginger may not be recommended in some other situations.

It is not known whether ginger will harm an unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this product.

It is not known whether ginger passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this product without telling your healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.

How should I take ginger ()?

The use of ginger in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.

If you choose to take ginger, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Standardized extracts, tinctures, and solid formulations of herbal/health supplements may provide a more reliable dose of the product.

Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of ginger at the same time, unless specifically directed to do so by a health care professional. Using different formulations together increases the risk of an overdose of ginger.

Store ginger as directed on the package. In general, ginger should be protected from light and moisture.

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