posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 03:21 AM
It seems ginseng can have an adverse reaction with some prescribed medication.
There have been trials at the University of Chicargo that show ginseng can dampen the effect of warfarin. Ginseng boosts the enzymes that breaks down
warfarin, causing it to clear the body more rapidly. This is bad news for the many people suffering from heart problems that are taking warfarin.
They advised anyone taking both ginseng and warfarin to tell his or her doctor, and urged doctors to ask patients on warfarin if they were
Link here news.bbc.co.uk...
Ginseng has also been found to cause foetal abnormalities in rats, so pregnant ladies are advised to to be cautious in the first trimester until more
research is carried out, even though there is no evidence of human embryos being affected. Ginseng has been used to prevent morning sickness.
its not all bad news about ginseng.
An extract from the ginseng berry shows real promise in treating diabetes and obesity.
The berry contains ginsenoside Re, which has been found to be effective in correcting mulitiple metabolic abnormalities associated with diabetes.
The full article is here news.bbc.co.uk...
Its also possible ginseng may help to improve the memory of stroke patients suffering from dementia. However
But UK experts said the findings
had to be treated with caution
Read this here news.bbc.co.uk...
A word of caution - a lot of stroke victims are prescribed warfarin. I guess it takes us back to the interaction between ginseng and warfarin.