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Herbs to avoid while pregnancy 

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The prevalence of the herbal medicines use is on the rise across the world, especially amongst pregnant women.
Literature published up to December 2012 showed the prevalence of herbal medicine use varied between 22.3–82.3%, implying a rising trend in the utilization of herbal medicine during pregnancy. The most common herbs used were peppermint, ginger, thyme, chamomile, sage, aniseed, fenugreek, and green tea. The most common reasons for use included the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and cold and flu symptoms. The majority of women used these products during their first trimester, and did not reveal this information to their physician. Most women were advised by family and friends to use herbal medicines and believed they were more effective and had fewer side effects than modern medicine especially during pregnancy. In conclusion, the use of herbal medicine is prevalent among pregnant women in the Middle Eastern region and healthcare providers need to seek information pertaining to their use.

Is it really safe to consume without knowing effects??
The answer is ‘NO’.

Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

1. Achillea millefolium
Milenrama, Yarrow

Stems, leaves, and flowers

May induce uterine contractions.

2. Actaea racemosa
Cohosh negro, Black cohosh
Root

May induce uterine contractions.

3. Adiantum capillus-veneris

Maidenhair fern, Culantrilllo de pozo

Fronds (leaves)

May induce uterine contractions

4. Aloe vera
Sábila, zábila, Aloe, babosa

Gel and latex

Gel used topically is considered safe. Avoid ingesting whole leaf preparations as they may induce uterine contractions.

5. Alchemilla, xanthochlora

Lady’s mantle

Leaves

May induce uterine contractions

6. Angelica archangelica
Angélica

Root

May induce uterine contractions.

7. Angelica sinensis
Angélica china, Dong Quai, Dang gui, Chinese angelica

Root

May induce uterine contractions.

8.Anthemis nobilis

Manzanilla romana, Roman chamomile

Flowers

May induce uterine contractions.

9. Artemisia spp.
Estafiate, Istafiate, Ajenjo, Wormwood

Leaves and stems

Various species of wormwood contain potentially neurotoxic ingredient known as thujone.

10. Capsella bursa-pastoris

Shepherd’s purse, Bolsa de pastor

Leaves, stems and flowers

May induce uterine contractions.

11. Cascara sagrada

Cáscara sagrada, Sacred bark

Tree bark

May induce uterine contractions.

12. Caulophyllum thalictroides

Cohosh azul, Blue cohosh, squaw root

Root

May be toxic to fetus and induce uterine contractions.

13. Centella asiatica

Gotu kola, Centela

Steams, leaves

May induce uterine contractions.

14. Cinnamomum cassia

Canelón, Cassia

Tree bark

Occasional use as a condiment considered safe. Taken as tea may induce uterine contractions.

15. Claviceps purpurea

Ergot, Cornezuelo del centeno

Grows in various species of infected cereal grains (rare in industrialized countries)

May induce uterine contractions.

16. Cinnamomum verum

Canela, Cinnamon, true cinnamon

Tree bark

Occasional use as a condiment considered safe. Taken as tea may induce uterine contractions.

17. Datura spp

Estramonio, toloache Jimsonweed, stramonium, moonflower

Planta entera

Various species of Datura are toxic and hallucinogenic. Avoid use.

18. Dioscorea villosa

Wild yam, Cabeza de negro

Root and rhizomes

Uterine stimulant

19. Dryopteris filix-mas

Male fern, Helecho macho, Dentabrón

Root

May induce uterine contractions.

20. Dysphania spp
Wormseed, Mexican tea, Epazote, Paico

Leaves and stems

Occasional use as a condiment considered safe. Contains a toxic compound known as ascaridol; may induce uterine contractions. Avoid ingesting oil, as it is neurotoxic.

21. Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel, Hinojo

High doses should be avoided, as they may induce uterine contractions

22. Harpagophytum procumbens

Devil’s claw, Garra del diablo

Root

May induce uterine contractions

23. Humulus lupulus

Lúpulo, Hops

Fruits

May induce uterine contractions.

24. Hydrastis canadensis
Sello dorado, Golden Seal

Root

May induce uterine contractions.

25. Hypericum perforatum

Hierba de San Juan, corazoncillo, hipérico, St. John´s Wort

Flowers, Steams

May induce uterine contractions.

26. Hypericum perforatum

Hierba de San Juan, corazoncillo, hipérico, St. John´s Wort

Flowers, Steams

May induce uterine contractions.

27. Juniperus spp.

Sabino, Juniper berry

Berry

May induce uterine contractions.

28. Leonorus cardiaca

Motherwort, Agripalma

Stem, leaves, and flowers

May induce uterine contractions.

29. Lycopus virginicus

Bugleweed, Menta de lobo

Stem, leaves, and flowers

May induce uterine contractions.

30. Matricaria recutita

Manzanilla alemana, German chamomille

Flowers

May induce uterine contractions.

31. Mentha pulegium

Poleo, Pennyroyal

Essential oil should not be used internally; abortifacient and liver toxic.

32. Montanoa tomentosa

Zoapatle. Cihuapatli

Leaves and stems

May induce uterine contractions.

33. Nicotiana tabacum

Tabaco, Tobacco

leaves

Smoked, chewed

34. Ocimum basilicum

Basil, Albahaca, Albacar

Leaves and stems

Tea, essential oil

Safe as a condiment. Avoid essential oil during pregnancy.

35. Origanum spp

Oregano

Leaves and stems

Tea, essential oil

Occasional use as a condiment considered safe. Taken as tea may induce uterine contractions. Avoid topical use of essential oil during pregnancy; avoid ingestion of essential oil.

36. Panax ginseng

Ginseng coreano, Korean ginseng

Root

Tea, capsules

Safety for use during pregnancy not established.

37. Panax quinquefolius

Ginseng americano, American ginseng

Root

Tea, capsules

Safety for use during pregnancy not established.

38. Passiflora incarnata

Flor de la pasión, Passion flower

Flowers

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

39. Pausinystalia yohimbe

Yohimbe

Tree Bark

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

40. Peumus boldus

Boldo

leaves

Tea

Contains a toxic compound known as ascaridol and a hypnotic alkaloid, boldine.

41. Piper methysticum

Kava kava

Rhizomes, root

Liquid extracts, capsules

Safety for use during pregnancy not established.

42. Rhamnus purshiana

Espino cerval, Buckthorn

Corteza

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

43. Rheum spp

Ruibarbo, Rhubarb

Root

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

44. Ricinus communis

Ricino, Castor oil, palma Christi

Seeds

Oil

Castor oil used as laxative may stimulate uterine contractions. The seeds are very poisonous.

45. Rosmarinus officinalis

Romero, Rosemary

Steams and leaves

Tea, essential oil

Occasional use as a condiment considered safe. Taken as tea may induce uterine contractions. Avoid topical use of essential oil during pregnancy; avoid ingestion of essential oil.

46. Ruta graveolens

Rue, Ruda

Leaves and stems

Tea

Toxic internally, may induce uterine contractions.

47. Serenoa repens

Palma sabal, Saw palmetto

Berrys
Pills, capsules

Bark may induce uterine contractions. Unripe berries are toxic.

48. Symphytum officinale

Comfrey

Planta entera
Tea, capsules

Avoid prolonged use internally; can be liver toxic.

49. Tabebuia spp

Palo de arco, lapacho Pau d´ arco

Flowers, Arbol, Corteza
Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

50. Tanacetum vulgare

Tanaceto, Feverfew

Flowers, Steams

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

51. Tanacetum vulgare

Tanaceto, Feverfew

Flowers, Steams

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

52. Trifolium pratense

Trébol, Clover

Flowers, Steams

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

53. Trigonella foenum-graecum

Alholva, fenogreco, Fenugreek

leaves, Semillas

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

54. Turnera diffusa

Damiana, hierba de la pastora

Flowers, Steams

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

55. Uncaria tomentosa

Uña de gato, Cat´s claw

Liana

Tea, capsules

May induce uterine contractions.

56. Ustilago maydis

Corn smut, Cuitlacoche, Huitlacoche

Fungus

Food

Safety for ingestion during pregnancy not established. Avoid especially during the first trimester of pregnancy.

And many more….

Do not take any Ayurvedic or modern medicine without the advice of a proper doctor and if you start taking the medicine, you should take it in the right amount for a certain period of time.

Have a happy and healthy time ladies….

Dr. Pranita Mule
(M. D. Ayu.Medicine