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How to Take Ginseng

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Take Ginseng

The wealth of health benefits from taking ginseng, a native Asian plant, are widely known across the globe and can be found in a number of different forms. Ginseng can, for example, boost energy, help fight cellular aging, regulate high cholesterol and remove toxins from the body. If you want to know exactly how to take ginseng keep reading this oneHOWTO article.

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Steps to follow:


First, know its side effects. Although taking ginseng rarely cause serious adverse effects, it is important to stick to the recommended dose as too much can lead to conditions such as insomnia, headaches, nervousness, upset stomach or arterial hypertension.


Check its contraindications. Also, despite being a natural plant, taking ginseng is highly inadvisable in some specific cases. These include:

  • Diabetic patients taking hypoglycemic drugs to control the disease.
  • Patients with hypertension who are taking drugs to strengthen heart contraction.
  • Patients with diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
  • Patients taking anti-platelet drugs.
  • Children under 12 years.
  • Pregnant and lactating women.

Eat ginseng root. If you don't fit into these categories, read on to find out how to take ginseng and the different form available. One way of doing so is to eat ginseng root. Simply wash, steam for 10 minutes to soften, cut into thin slices and chew directly or add some sweet ingredients such as honey or royal jelly. You'll enjoy a wealth of health benefits in its most natural form.

How to Take Ginseng - Step 3

Another common way of taking ginseng is to prepare an infusion with its root. To do this, chop one or two ginseng roots, put in a saucepan with a liter of water and bring to the boil. When it starts to boil, turn the heat to low and leave to cook for 45 minutes. Then, strain the resulting liquid and drink the infusion. You can consume one to two ginseng teas a day.

How to Take Ginseng - Step 4

It is also possible to find ginseng in the form of tablets and capsules to be taken as dietary supplement. You can find it in pharmacies and health food stores. The usual dose is one to two capsules a day and normally with breakfast. Never exceed the recommended indicated dose indicated on the packaging.

How to Take Ginseng - Step 5

A convenient and simple way to take ginseng, is to buy it in powdered form and sprinkle a bit on to food. For example, you could add it to water when cooking rice or sprinkle on aromatic dishes you want.

How to Take Ginseng - Step 6

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • It is important to only take ginseng daily for three months maximum.
  • Visit your doctor if you are suffering from any of the side effects of ginseng.
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I am glad to learn about ginseng. Tonight I watched doctors from Bangladesh talking about ginseng and how it improves immune system. I am definitely going to add it to my health regimen. Thank you.
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