Are there any risks in using ginseng?

Before using ginseng, be sure to consider the risks, which include side effects and an allergic reaction. This herbal supplement seems to be well-tolerated when used short term, but when it is used longer, side effects, such as diarrhea, insomnia, headache, nervousness, itchiness, rapid heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, breast tenderness, and vaginal bleeding have been reported. More serious side effects include liver damage and a serious allergic reaction. Taking ginseng may be risky if you are pregnant, allergic to any of the chemicals in the Panax plant family, or if you have diabetes, insomnia, cancer (breast, ovarian, uterine), schizophrenia, or uterine disease. Also, there may be a health risk if you are using ginseng and are planning to have a surgical procedure.

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