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Ginkgo biloba and ginseng have no bad side effects with drugs

More awareness has been raised recently about the lack of research about the drug interactions with dietary supplements and its possible harmful consequences. There’s a general blanket belief that herbal and natural supplements can do no wrong, simple because, they are not chemical.

Valid points were made but there shouldn’t be a paranoid fear of supplements. As consumers, we should pay more attention and do more research before we pop dozens of pills.

There is some good news — popular herbal supplements ginkgo biloba and ginseng do not have negative side effects if taken with other pharmaceutical drugs.

A 2007 study found that consuming ginseng and ginkgo supplements daily at recommended doses, separately and together, will not change the way most pharmaceutical drugs behave in the body.

What sparked off more queries in this area was the recent finding that St. John’s wort could dramatically change the absorption and metabolism of many prescription drugs on the market. Supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, the same research group for the ginkgo and ginseng results is still conducting studies on drug interactions with St. John’s wort.


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