For the most part, plants in the ginseng family are generally considered to be quite safe. There are no known drug interactions, contraindications, common allergic reactions or toxicity to Siberian ginseng, Panax ginseng or American ginseng. A word of caution is recommended, however, for individuals with hypertension, as the stimulatory nature of some ginseng preparations have been reported to increase blood pressure (Coon & Ernst 2002). Additionally, those individuals prone to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) should use ginseng with caution due to the reported effects of ginseng to reduce blood sugar levels (Vuksan et al. 2000).
Ginseng is one of the many herbal supplements which can be purchased readily as a whole root, a dried powder or a standardized extract. The most precise approach would be to use a standardized extract to ensure that you are getting an effective product. Products should be standardized to contain 4-5% ginsenosides (for Panax and American ginseng) and 0.5-1.0% eleutherosides (for Siberian ginseng). Daily intake of 100-300mg for 3-6 weeks is recommended to produce adaptogenic and energetic benefits.
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