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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking ginseng ()?
Do not take ginseng without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat these conditions.
Talk to your doctor before taking ginseng if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to plants), or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Ginseng may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take ginseng without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether ginseng will harm an unborn baby.
Do not take ginseng without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether ginseng will harm a nursing infant.
There is no information available regarding the use of ginseng by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.
How should I take ginseng ()?
The use of ginseng 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 ginseng, 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.
Ginseng is available in various formulations
Do not use different formulations (e.g., tablets, topical formulations, teas, tinctures, and others) of ginseng 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 ginseng.
Store Ginseng as directed on the package. In general, ginseng should be protected from light and moisture.
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