What is Ginseng?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Walgreens Refresh Cleanser

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Ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants. The root is most often available in dried form, either in whole or sliced form. Ginseng leaf, although not as highly prized, is sometimes also used; as with the root it is most often available in dried form.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 18 0
Fatigue 14 5
Memory problems 9 5
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 0
Parkinson's disease 3 1
Support immune health 3 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ginseng

Side effect Patients
Dry skin 1
Insomnia 1
Joint pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ginseng

Dosage Patients
800 mg daily 1
1,300 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ginseng

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Course of treatment ended 5
Other 3
Personal research 3
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Ginseng

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Ginseng

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 9
Not specified 4
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3 patient evaluations for Ginseng

Oct 15, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    Severe (joint pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 450 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 31, 2015 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 drop(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 17, 2013 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Still caught a cold, but not until 2 weeks after everyone else in the house.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 29, 2011 (Started May 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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