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Is It Effective?

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.
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Dosing Information

Because it is a dietary supplement (not a "drug"), the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Be sure to follow the specific instructions on your particular product.
(Click Ginseng Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects

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:
(Click Side Effects of Ginseng to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions With Ginseng

This supplement may interact with numerous medications (see Ginseng Drug Interactions).
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