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Alternative Therapies--Ginseng

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Ginseng

There are two types of ginseng: American ginseng and Asian ginseng. (A product called Siberian ginseng is not really ginseng.) Ginseng is usually sold as capsules.

Studies on animals and human tissue in the laboratory show some benefits of ginseng on the liver, but ginseng hasn't been studied in people with hepatitis C. So it's not possible to know whether it is worth taking. As for its safety, ginseng has been known to cause insomnia, headache, nosebleed, nervousness, and vomiting.