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Menopausal women and their symptoms in conjunction with ginseng and prescription drugs

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Review on January 12, 2010

For many years, people all over the world have consumed phytoestrogenic herbs such as ginseng in order to treat a wide range of illnesses, such as some of the symptoms of menopause. Ginseng sometimes comprises of one of the elements of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements, which the National Institute of Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has noted is consumed by nearly 1 in 5 Americans is of particular interest to the body who commissioned the survey: The National Institute of Health. Such close analysis of such statistics is because of the health complications that could arise from consuming health supplements that contain ginseng. Consuming ginseng alone may cause health complications for many. For those suffering from recurrent or chronic illnesses like some of the symptoms of menopause the combination of such dietary supplements with prescribed medication can carry with it many dangerous complications.

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 Dietary supplements are taken by a vast age group, including women who suffer from the symptoms of menopause. For this reason it is hard for many health practitioners to know which patients are most at risk from taking their prescribed medicine with such supplements. In addition this any recorded complications are observed through case reports or clinical observations. Not many clinical studies have been carried out in relation to the dangers of consuming ginseng based dietary supplements and prescribed medication. One study however looked at the results of patients consuming dietary supplements which could include ginseng and prescription drugs. One supplement known as St John's wort has been shown to reduce the effect of prescription drugs, including: warfarin, tacrolimus and digoxin. Dietary supplements that include ginseng are amongst the most popular, with those that contain ginkgo, Echinacea and garlic. Such analysis on this issue is important because dietary supplements that contain ginseng are commonly used by those with non-life threatening yet chronic conditions. This includes the symptoms of menopause

Many people across the globe continue to take the combination of ginseng based dietary supplements, regardless of the risks. People with conditions such as some of the symptoms of menopause are aided by the estrogenic elements of the ginseng present in such dietary supplements. Caution is advised however as such supplements have been known to weaken the healing potential of prescriptions drugs.

Sources:
  • JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:1968-1974.