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Improper Use of Ginseng

Asian ginseng's reputation for prolonging life has lead to its consumption in a variety of forms such as an ingredient in cooking, health supplements or in teas. It is important to remember that its medicinal effects can create undesirable health effects if not used properly. Overuse of ginseng is dubbed as "Ginseng Abuse Syndrome" (GAS). Some notable undesirable effects include hypertension, nervousness, sleeplessness, skin eruptions, edema, and morning diarrhea. People have also reported feelings of depersonalization and confusion, as well as euphoria, restlessness and agitation associated with its use.