Ginseng may be effective for several uses (although generally, larger studies are needed to confirm the positive findings of early, small studies). However, some uses have no scientific basis whatsoever.
Many people believe that natural products, such as ginseng, have no side effects. However, many natural products cause side effects, some of which can be quite serious. Common side effects of this supplement include, but are not limited to:
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