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2 kinds of ginseng
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K Stewart    Posted 02-04-2004 at 12:10:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was just surfing and found this site, I have a question about ginseng. Is it safe to take American ginseng one day and take red the next please someone e-mail me at Keyburner@hotmail.com thank you and God bless!!!.


cowgirlj    Posted 02-04-2004 at 13:54:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you are taking the red ginseng, I hope you are a male. It has hormones in it that can cause females to grow hair in unwanted places. Not all herbs are safe. Many have side effects and are quite dangerous. Especially if mixed with other herbs and or conventional medications. The manufacturers do not always disclose all the info they should, so please be careful, and do the research before taking anything, natural or otherwise.


Hmmm...    Posted 02-05-2004 at 04:01:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is a new one on me...If You have any links, I would be really interested...I have always been lead to believe that Ginseng had the exact opposite effect, and in fact is an 'estrogen' stimulant...

"Once the concern is raised, Dr. Weil suggests instances for avoiding ginseng altogether, without any reference to the dosage of ginseng that he thinks may cause a problem because of putative estrogenic activity. The term "estrogenic activity" is such a non-specific one that it can be applied to the actions of dozens of ordinary foods (many people are familiar with soybeans in this role, but it also applies to many legumes, including peanuts and lima beans), common spices and flavors (e.g., fennel, anise, fenugreek, and licorice), and Chinese herbs (tang-kuei is often said to have estrogenic activity without any evidence to support it; in fact, there is good evidence to contradict it). Some herbal estrogenic activities are also anti-estrogenic in relation to cancers (because there are several estrogen receptors with differing effects of stimulation). Obviously, women with hormonally driven cancers might want to avoid large doses of ginseng (or any of the other items mentioned in this regard), but should not be put in fear of small amounts of ginseng or other herbs used in formulas. Ginseng is often a minor component of formulas prescribed to such women by health professionals. Also, there is no valid reason to fear using ginseng during chemotherapy or radiation therapy when cancer cells are strongly inhibited by the medical therapy."

Salmoneye


Salmoneye    Posted 02-04-2004 at 13:27:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Perfectly safe...

American is so potent, that if you become accustomed to using it, then the red will be a letdown...

And the 'type' of American seems to make a difference to people...Buyers certainly prefer 'natural wild'...Then 'wild cultivated', then 'cultivated'...

Lots and lots of info on the net...Try a Google search...


~Lenore    Posted 02-04-2004 at 12:32:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are you taking Ginseng for, the purpose?
I take a ginseng and green tea suppliment.
It contains Korean & American ginseng.


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