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Can herbal supplements increase the risk of bruising?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Certain supplements such as ginkgo biloba and ginseng can increase the risk of bruising. Watch as Dr. Oz talks about supplement and bruising.



Some herbal supplements may increase your risk of bruising. Herbs including gingko biloba, ginseng, ginger, glucosamine, turmeric, angelica and clove all have the potential to thin the blood slightly. This can make bruising more likely, especially if more than one of these herbs are taken together. In addition, if you're on a prescription medication that thins your blood, these herbal supplements may cause excessive blood thinning and bruising. Consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements, and tell him about any supplements you already take.

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