What should I know before taking ginseng?

Before taking ginseng, you should know that it is possible to develop an allergic reaction to the dietary supplement. You may also experience side effects, such as diarrhea, insomnia, headache, nervousness, itchiness, rapid heartbeat, a rise in blood pressure, breast tenderness, and vaginal bleeding. Discuss with your doctor the health risks that go along with ginseng, like liver damage and a serious allergic reaction, and how the supplement effects other medications. You should also know that herbs and supplements, such as ginseng, are not strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and should always be used with caution and under a doctor's supervision.

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