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Most Used Natural Products

0.1% of U.S. children (63,000) used

People have used ginseng root for a variety of health concerns, including to boost immune function and for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. However, there’s no strong evidence it helps for any health condition.

There are different species of ginseng, including wild American ginseng and Panax or Asian ginseng. Panax ginseng should not be given to children because of possible side effects.

Read more about ginseng.


5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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