Ginseng

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Ginseng is the dried root of one of several species of the Araliaceae family of herbs. Ginseng is indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere, where it is mainly found in China, Japan and North America. Panax quinquefolius, known as American ginseng, is found in eastern North America, from Canada south to northern Florida. Panax ginseng, known as Asian ginseng, is most commonly used and is native to China. Wild ginseng is now considered a threatened and rare herb in many areas due to excessive harvesting of the root.

Ginseng is used as a herbal remedy to promote stamina during times of stress. It is believed to speed up reaction time and overall thinking. Ginseng has also been used as treatment for obesity, diabetes, morning sickness, male impotence and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.

In September 2003, a team from the Chinese University of Hong Kong issued a warning to pregnant women after studies showed that ginseng caused abnormalities in rat embryos.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after taking ginseng. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



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