Citation: burtnredflag. "Possible Estrogenic: An Experience with Ginseng (exp86967)". Erowid.org. Feb 20, 2019. erowid.org/exp/86967
I've had raw ginseng on a few occasions, boiled to make soft and palatable. I usually eat several grams (or several roots about the size of a finger). I notice some side effects probably due to having ingested too much. These include diminished cognitive ability notably in math. I feel antsy as well.
I keep uneaten roots in the fridge wrapped in plastic. I would eat a good amount daily over a week's period. I've done this at least twice.
Although I like to take other herbs and supplements, I feel like the ginseng gives me an odd feeling in my aureoles. I think it's something akin to what body builders call the beginning of gyno. Although I have something resembling gyno, and although the feeling lasted well over a week, I did not experience any feminization. Still, because ginsenosides are thought to have estrogenic properties, caution may be warranted. I have to wonder if I did not wash the roots well and perhaps some pesticides were on the surface of it.
Keeping possible over-intake in mind, I ate one well washed, freshly boiled small very small root about an hour ago hoping to get the benefits without any of the odd side effects I've written about. I feel energetic and basically enjoying the day more, which is especially nice because I've been fighting a summer cold for the past two days and been feeling all but miserable until now.
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