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Re: Re: 2 kinds of ginseng

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Posted by Hmmm... on February 05, 2004 at 04:01:12 from (

In Reply to: Re: 2 kinds of ginseng posted by cowgirlj on February 04, 2004 at 13:54:06:

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."


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