Talk:American ginseng

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We typically mention key brand names in articles on medical substances. Thus restored Cold-fx Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 05:46, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Cold-fX[edit]

I deleted the comments on this product because it seems to me not to be sufficiently general for a well-writen encyclopedia article. Is this an isolated case or are there other examples of unvalidated claims for supplements containing American ginseng? Are such problems linked to the ginseng itself? In the US, it is illegal to make any health claims about supplements derived from natural products because they are not clinically evaluated by the FDA for safety and efficacy as are pharmaceuticals; there is a requirement for the manufacturer to note this fact on the product label. So, the consumer is the guinea pig, and the FDA is required to intervene only after harm to the consumer has been reported. The regulation of supplements may be different in Canada, which may be worth mentioning. It would be better, I think, to describe the problems associated with supplements, then cite the example, or make a separate article linking back to am ginseng. You know the old saying, "there is no such thing as bad publicity"; the logo looks like an ad! Tachyon (talk) 01:36, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

English Wikipedia is not America Wikipedia. While the FDA is a reliable source it is not the only reliable source. This product "Cold-fX" is notable in some parts of the English world even though it is poorly supported by evidence. If you have concerns with the wording we can discuss changing it. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 06:13, 6 April 2014 (UTC)