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What side effects does Ginseng cause?

Based on information from iGuard.org, a free medication monitoring service, 8% of patients experience side effects while taking Ginseng. Some of the side effects reported by iGuard members include: Drowsiness, and Nausea/Vomiting. Please follow up with your doctor or other healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms that worsen or do not go away.
When thinking about possible side effects of ginseng, it's important to realize that ginseng refers to two different immune-boosting herbs, Asian ginseng and Siberian ginseng. (Interestingly, Siberian ginseng is not a true ginseng at all, but a different type of plant.) Both are considered safe for healthy people to use for short periods of time. Still, both have some possible side effects.
  • Asian ginseng can cause headaches, insomnia, stomach problems, and allergic reactions. It can also lower blood sugar levels, something  people with diabetes need to be especially careful about.
  • Siberian ginseng may raise blood pressure, and it can cause insomnia, drowsiness, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, headache, and confusion.

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