Ginseng Abuse Syndrome

Ginseng is a herbal preparation derived from its aromatic root has been used by man for thousands of years. Oriental folk medicine describes it as both a tonic for restoration of strength and a panacea (hence, the name of the genus: Panax, meaning 'all healing'). It is widely used in ancient, classical and contemporary Chinese medicine as a stimulant to increase metabolism and to regulate blood pressure and blood glucose[1].

Recently there has been increased Western interest in ginseng. Numerous popular books and websites have promoted ginseng as a healthful tonic, stimulant, and aphrodisiac.
The only problem is that none of these claims have been scientifically proven. But that notion doesn't stop gullible people from using ginseng and, since you ask, excessive consumption of ginseng has some serious negative effects.

Ginseng Abuse Syndrome is a medical condition that occurs as a result of consuming more than three grams of ginseng per day. The symptoms of Ginseng Abuse Syndrome include heart palpitations, heaviness in the chest, high blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia, agitation, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and/or bloating, diarrhea, possible upper digestive tract bleeding, edema, and a red skin rash that is most noticeable on the face.

Fortunately, studies found that many ginseng products for sale in the United States contain little or no ginseng. Which is fraudulent, but you won't have to endure the potentially serious side effects.

[1] Siegel: Ginseng abuse syndrome. Problems with the panacea in Jama - 1979

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