The short answer is yes, you can drink ginseng tea every day. Ginseng tea has many health benefits that make it worth drinking. Everything in moderation of course. You should not drink an unlimited amount, and you should not drink it for months on end. Those on medication should check with their doctors for interactions.
Keep reading to find out how much ginseng tea is safe to consume daily, and what side effects could happen if you go overboard. Also, the distinct types of ginseng tea and how each one can benefit you.
How Much Can I Drink a Day?
According to the American Family Physician journal, you should drink no more than 0.5 to 2.0 grams of ginseng tea daily. That is one cup of tea. WebMD advises you should not use ginseng tea longer than six months at a time, less depending on the type of ginseng.
Ginseng is an Adaptogen
What the heck is an adaptogen? I am glad you asked. According to WebMD, adaptogens are certain herbs and mushrooms that are believed to benefit your health.
Asian Ginseng comes from China and Korea. It has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health advises only short-term use of up to six months. Asian ginseng may have the following benefits or side effects.
Helps Promote Weight Loss
The Miracle of Herbs and Spices, by Dr. Bahram Tadayyon, says ginseng acts as an appetite suppressant. Combined use with regular exercise may help you lose weight.
Can it Lower My Blood Pressure?
What if I have a Chronic Illness?
Studies found in the WebMD archives show that traditional Chinese medicine uses ginseng to boost health in people recovering from long illnesses. However, ginseng is not used in people who are already healthy.
Helps Combat Erectile Disfunction
Ginseng is widely used by Korean men to help maintain positive sexual functions. According to Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, ginseng is the only herb to have clinically tested positive as a source of Phyto testosterone. That is testosterone that naturally occurs in plants. Who knew?
May Cause Insomnia
Ginseng is a stimulant. It is often found in popular energy drinks. Insomnia is the number one side effect. Drinking ginseng tea only in the early morning may combat insomnia.
Helps Fight Free Radicals
According to Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, ginseng is chock full of antioxidants. Your body processes require oxygen. Using oxygen produces oxidants or free radicals. Free radicals cause cellular damage. Diets high in antioxidants reduce the risk of cellular damage and cancer.
Improves Mental Health
WebMD highlighted a study in which 50% of participants noticed an improvement in symptoms of schizophrenia. Although more studies are needed, the takeaway was that Asian ginseng effected the same brain receptors that anti-psychotic drugs target.
Grown in North America, the demand for American ginseng has gotten so high, the plant has been put on an endangered list. WebMD advises American ginseng is safe in amounts of 100-3000 mg daily for up to 12 weeks. American ginseng may have the following benefits or side effects.
May Affect Insulin Regulation
Ginsenosides, chemicals found in American ginseng, have been found to affect insulin in the body. One study showed that ginseng in combination with a diabetic diet reduces blood sugar more than a diabetic diet alone, according to Healthline.com
Promotes Hormonal Balance
According to Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, women may particularly benefit from drinking ginseng tea. The ginsenosides contained in the tea are remarkably like female hormones. Ginseng may help to balance hormones and guard against breast cancer.
Boosts Your Immune System
WebMD also states that American ginseng may help to make healthy individuals more resistant to upper respiratory infections like the flu. Studies found American ginseng did not help those with weakened immune systems.
May Lower Stress
According to Healthline.com, studies have shown the ginseng could improve your mood, your brain functions, and your mental health.
Improves Cognitive Function
According to WebMD, studies have shown people had improved performance when taking ginseng before mental tests.
May Act as an Anti-coagulant
A study done by the University of Chicago showed that after two weeks of daily ginseng use, the effectiveness of blood thinners was significantly reduced.
Pregnant Women Should Not Consume Ginseng
According to Healthshots.com, some studies have shown that ginseng exposure may cause defects in a developing fetus.
Siberian Ginseng is a different plant than Asian and American ginseng, with different chemical compounds. Traditionally it has been taken to ward of colds and flu. It is widely used in Russia and believed to improve mental health, increase longevity, and reduce stress. Siberian ginseng may have the following benefits or side effects.
Ginseng Is for Adults Only
Children should never take Siberian ginseng. According to MountSiani.org, Siberian ginseng can be safely taken for three months. A period of three to four weeks off should be observed before resuming consumption. You should consult your healthcare provider before drinking Siberian ginseng.
May Reduce Herpes Outbreaks
Mount Siani.org reports that a study of Herpes Simplex Virus type 2, showed reduced outbreaks in participants who consumed Siberian ginseng.
Increased Risk of Uterine Cancer
Siberian ginseng may mimic the effects of estrogen. If you have a history of uterine cancer or fibroids you should not take Siberian ginseng.
Siberian Ginseng Should Not Be Used if You Have a Mental Illness
Unlike Asian ginseng, Siberian ginseng, should not be used to treat Schizophrenia or mania.
Siberian ginseng may interact negatively with the following medications:
- Steroids – may interact with steroids
- Blood Thinners – may lessen the effects of blood thinners
- Digoxin – may raise levels of digoxin in the blood
- Lithium – may make it difficult for Lithium to be excreted from the body
- Diabetes medication – may increase risk of hypoglycemia
- Immunosuppressants – may interact with medicines given following surgery or for auto-immune diseases
- Sedatives – may make the effects of sedatives stronger
Consult Your Doctor
Check with your physician if you take medication. Ginseng is not recommended for infants, children, or pregnant humans. Side effects include blood pressure abnormalities, breast pain, diarrhea, euphoria, headaches, hypertension, hypotension, insomnia, nausea, and vaginal bleeding.