American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) is a herbaceous perennial plant commonly used as Chinese or herbal medicine. Don’t confuse American ginseng with Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng). They have different medicinal effects.
American ginseng is used for stress, to boost the immune system, and as a general tonic and stimulant. There is some evidence that it might help prevent colds and flu and make symptoms milder when infections do occur. Some people use it to improve digestion, hangover symptoms, memory loss, and as an anti-aging aid.
Individuals requiring anti-coagulant therapy such as warfarin should avoid use and it is not recommended for individuals with impaired liver or renal function or in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Other adverse effects include: headaches, anxiety, trouble sleeping and an upset stomach. American ginseng contains chemicals called ginsenosides that seem to affect insulin levels in the body and lower blood sugar. Other chemicals, called polysaccharides, might affect the immune system. It also might affect blood sugar levels and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking American ginseng at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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