#10. When Ginseng Can Kill You And Seven Other Times Not To Use It

Ginseng is a great supplement and medicine when used correctly. We will let you in on a secret. Ginseng can sometimes do more harm than good, and can even result in death when combined with a certain medication. This is a short, fun podcast that can help you understand the best practices for using ginseng.


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Show notes:

:08 Varieties of ginseng

2:16 Vitamin C, vitamin B3, glutamic acid

3:49 Yellow tongue coating or yellow mucus

5:27 Cold and sore throat

6:06 Warfarin

7:16 Tea

8:19 Early and late pregnancy

9:12 Children

9:28 Death

10:31 Quality criteria

10:46 Rate us on iTunes or Stitcher, email the screenshot of your review to BotanicalBiohacking@gmail.com. We’ll send one of our listeners a canister of ginseng and gouji berry extract. We’ll also pick one of you to go and visit the herb-growing region in Sichuan, China with us later this year.


  1. Reply
    Terri Tucker March 6, 2017

    These podcasts are SOOO enlightening and most appreciated.
    At times we all become overwhelmed with the amount of information available and what exactly to believe.
    Thank you both!

    • Reply
      botanicalbiohacking@gmail.com March 6, 2017

      Thank you very much Terri.

  2. Reply
    daompatti March 30, 2017

    Thank you for this! Very interesting. I always learn something when I listen to your podcasts.

  3. Reply
    RJSinger July 27, 2017

    In regards to the contraindication for ginseng with warfarin (coumadin), does that include all blood thinners, such as Plavix and aspirin? I know the mechanisms are different for these; warfarin inhibits Vitamin K to thin the blood and is very strong, while Plavix and aspirin are anti-platelet drugs that prevent clotting and don’t normally require monitoring. So, am wondering if the platelet type are ok?

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