Can I take ginseng if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Ginseng has not been proven to be safe for women who are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. There have been reports of death and development issues in unborn babies in mothers who have taken ginseng. But because more sufficient information is not available, it is advisable to not take ginseng while pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • Ginseng does not appear to interfere with normal embryonic development or cause birth defects. However, the safety of ginseng during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been systematically evaluated. Chinese tradition suggests that ginseng not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A number of reports caution against its use in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Although not well studied in humans, the ginsenoside Rb1 may cause birth defects in animals.

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