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Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
The best known varieties of ginseng are Korean or Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng) and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Korean ginseng is considered to be more stimulating than Siberian ginseng. Ginseng has long been used in Chinese medicine as a tonic. The enhance to body's ability to cope with stress, improve energy metabolism, lower blood sugar, blood immunity, enhance liver function, and regulate cell growth. Chemicals that are found in ginseng are arabinose, camphor, ginsenosides, mucilage, panaxosides, resin, saponin, and starch.

How This Mineral Works in Your Body:
Stimulates brain, heart, and blood vessels
Reduces stress and fatigue
Increases secretion of histamine
Improves appetite and digestion
Acts as a stimulant
Acts as an antioxidant
Treat rheumatic pain in the elderly
Used as an aphrodisiac
May increase mental and physical stamina
May treat symptoms of menopause
May reduce effects of radiation exposure
May reduce blood glucose in diabetics
May alleviate insomnia

Where This Mineral is Found:
Ginseng plant

Using Ginseng:
Available as:

Medical Precautions: Do not take if you:
Are pregnant, there is a possibility you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the future
Have any chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract, such as stomach or duodenal ulcers, reflux esophagitis, ulcerative colitis, spastic colitis, diverticulosis or diverticulitis
Have been diagnosed with cystic breast disease, breast cancer, heart disease or high blood pressure
Have any acute infections

Consult your doctor if:
Your condition does not improve after two weeks of medicinal use of this herb. More effective and safer treatments may exist.
Use any herbs or medicinal drugs such as aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs

Do not take this herb unless prescribed by your physician.

Do not take this herb unless prescribed by your physician.

Infants and Children:
It is hazardous to treat infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation.

Ginseng Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Keep in a cool and dry location and away from direct light, but do not freeze.
Keep safely away from children.
Do not keep in bathroom medicine cabinet. Heat and dampness may alter the action of the herb.

Safe Vitamin / Mineral dosage:
It is advised that you consult with your physician for the proper dose for your condition.
Take only for a limited time and follow the manufacturer's recommended dose.

Ginseng Toxicity:
Regarded as safe if taken in appropriate quantities and for limited periods of time

Ginseng Side Effects:
Signs and symptoms : What to do
Diarrhoea : Discontinue use. Call you physician immediately.
Nausea or vomiting : Discontinue use. Call you physician immediately.
High blood pressure : Discontinue use. Call you physician immediately.
Nervousness : Discontinue use. Call you physician immediately.
Insomnia : Discontinue use. Call you physician immediately.
Skin problems : Discontinue use. Call you physician immediately.


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