Who should not use ginseng?

Do not use ginseng if you have allergies to any of the ingredients in ginseng, have bleeding or clotting issues, or are planning to have a surgical procedure. Other people who should not use ginseng include women who are or are planning to become pregnant, nursing mothers, have diabetes, insomnia, cancer (breast, ovarian, uterine), schizophrenia, or uterine disease. Herbs and dietary 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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How Does Ginseng Work?
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