Siberian Ginseng Dosage – How Much Should I Take?
As with the similarly functioning red panax ginseng, the Siberian version of this plant is thought to be an “adaptogen” which is a completely neither technical nor medical way of saying that these plants purportedly strengthen the body in an overall way that decreases the body’s response to daily stressors. There are of course many other supposed benefits to this form on ginseng, however regulation of supplements and herbs in general is rather confusing and that can make figuring out the correct Siberian ginseng dosage for you rather difficult.
Because of the rarity of studies performed, supplement dosage is often trial and error, with users realizing that they are taking too much after they experience Siberian ginseng side effects such as heart rhythm changes, muscle spasms and sadness. Side effects seem to intensify or become more common in higher quantities of Siberian ginseng dosage, so it’s always advisable to start with the lowest effective dose and only increase if you do not experience adverse side effects.
Standardized Siberian ginseng dosage has been studied for herpes simplex 2 infections at a dosage of 400 mg per day however this was dependent upon the amount of eleutheroside contained within the extract. A combination product intended to stave off a common cold offers a Siberian ginseng dosage of 400 mg 3 times per day. A popular product found at GNC however contains 650 mg per capsule of Siberian root and recommends either one or two capsules daily.
Since there does not seem to be a standardize dose to minimize side effects and still reap all of the eleutherococcus senticosus benefits that were likely the driving factor behind choosing to take this product, it’s advisable to start with the lowest recommended dose and continue increasing to the maximum recommended safe dose, being aware of side effects or changes in condition along the way. Remember that while supplements and herbal remedies from nature are often safe, gentle and effective, they can interact negatively with medication and health conditions which can cause health concerns. Therefore it is imperative that you discuss any supplements that you intend to take with your health care provider before proceeding.