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CarolineF

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Has anyone tried ginseng and found it OK with an IC bladder? My immunity is way down at the mo, and someone suggested ginseng was brilliant. If OK, where could I get some and is it liquid or tablets, and does it have any interactions with anything?
Thanks all.
Love Caroline xx
Barbara

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Ginseng tablets/capsules are available in any health store. you can even get it in the form of a herbal tea.
Barbara
CarolineF

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Thanks Barbara - have you tried it?
Love Caroline
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Hi Caroline
I tried ginseng years ago and wa told not to take it at night because it wouold keep me awake. In my "Foods that harm & foods that heal" book it says - The most famous medicinal plant from China,used for centuries as a cure-all and tonic for the body. Korean or Chinese ginseng is said to stimulate the nervous sustem and strengthen the immune system.Its revitalising properties may help to combat physical and mental fatigue. Ginseng is considered to be an adaptogen which means that it will affect each person differently according to individual needs. It may help to dalm a stressed person or stimulate someone who is tired.Naturopaths claim that it dan produce a state of indcreased resistance to both physical and mental stress, and help to reduce the harmful side effects of stress on the body.
I hope this helps.
Last night I copied a long passage out from another supplement book I have, but that message has disappeared?!
Perhaps I pressed the wrong button!!!!!!!!
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Dear Caroline,
I've been a fan of Ginseng for many years. But I view it as a mood-altering drug, not a medicine! So I take it very carefully and only in moderation.
I've never noticed it triggering my attacks of pelvic pain, but neither have I excluded it as a possible underlying cause.
I use the sachets of freeze-dried ginseng tea sold in Chinese supermarkets for about £5 for 24 bags. They dissolve in boiling water, and are a great substitute for coffee in the evenings. They don't keep me awake like coffee does, but they do give a similar energising lift. But they taste quite sugary!
I also visit the Korean Ginseng Centre in Tottenham Court Road in Central London. (If you ask me to, I'll try get some further contact details for you). They sell all kinds of real ginseng products there: from wines to shampoos. But I only buy the dried raw ginseng root. This is a real treat for me which I only use very occasionally. The root is by far the most efficaceous form of ginseng.
You can get a short stick for about £10, which is enough for maybe 20 doses. You snap off a short portion- maybe 5mm. and soak it overnight, and eat it in the morning.
It gives a profound feeling of well-being and vitality, and I also find it stimulates my sexual interest!
I understand the Olympic Committee investigated Ginseng a few years ago, as to whether it should be classed a performance enhancing substance in atheletes. I don't know what the result was, but I think it likely that it was banned. That shows how much it does affect the body!!
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Seanie
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Seanie

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Hello!
There is a piece in today's Independent about ginseng. It says that there are these ingredients in it: vitamins A and B6, and more than 25 saponin triterpenoid glycosides (aka ginsenosides)... got that?
It warns against the use of ginseng by anyone who is pregnant, has insomnia (as noted above!) and also anyone with high blood pressure!
It also warns against anyone using it long- term.
But it says the botanical name is "panax" from the Greek "panacea" meaning cure-all.
Seanie
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CarolineF

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Hi Seanie

Thanks for your replies re ginseng.  I have terrible trouble sleeping at the moment so should probably give it a miss - for the time being anyway.  I am both stressed and tired, so maybe it will help when I get over this lates flare/UTI and things settle.
Have a good w/e.
Love Caroline xx
Seanie

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Hi Caroline!
I'm really sorry to hear you're stressed and tired. Not an unusual combination!
Have you tried taking a long walk before bedtime? Good for reducing stress, and excellent for nodding off, I find.
Hope you soon feel better,
Seanie
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The information is very interesting. I like the post.
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