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21 Jul · Mon 2014
UNSAFE HERBS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN Part 2
In my last blog I listed herbs that would cause birth defects and toxic problems for women that are pregnant. In this blog I am going to discuss herbs that cause internal bleeding and uterine contractions and herbs that can cause miscarriage.
Let me mention at the onset that we all have our own views about subjects such as abortion. I also have mine. None of the information here is meant by me to abort a child. I am bringing to people's attention the dangerous herbs. Children are precious and we should not want to risk harming them in any way.
Herbs that will cause uterine bleeding and contractions and/or miscarriage: These should not be taken during the entire 9 months. I am mixing in those herbs that are unsafe after or before a certain time period. If the are not safe after 3 months, to my way of thinking, they are not safe during any period of the pregnancy.
AGAVE can cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage.
ALOE VERA JUICE. Uterine contractions and diarrhea. (avoid during breastfeeding as well)
AMERICAN MANKDRAK uterine stimulant
ANGELICA ATROPURPUREA can cause strong contractions and lead to miscarriage if taken during the early stages of pregnancy. Promotes the growth of fibroid and increase risk of postpartum hemorrhage.
ASHWAGANDHA may cause miscarriage
BARBERRY can cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage
BEE BALM BERGAMOT, OSWEGO TEA uterine bleeding; miscarriage
BEET LEAVES uterine bleeding; miscarriage
BIRTHROOT, BETH ROOT (trillium erectum)uterine bleeding; miscarriage
BIRTHWORT ( aristolochia clematitis)uterine stimulant; miscarriage
BISTORT, SNAKEWEED miscarriage
BITTER APPLE ( citrulus colocynthis) highly poisonous! Uterine bleeding and miscarriage
BITTER ORANGE PEEL uterine bleeding; miscarriage
BITTERWOOD, QUASSIA miscarriage
BLACK COHOSH uterine stimulant, contractions, postpartum hemorrhage
BLAZING STAR miscarriage
BLUE COHOSH uterine stimulant
BURDOCK ROOT uterine stimulant; miscarriage
BUCKTHORN BARK may trigger contractions
BUKTHORN FRUIT may cause miscarriage
CALENDULA external use is safe. Internal use can cause uterine bleeding and miscarriage
CALIFORNIA POPPY miscarriage
CAMPHOR uterine bleeding; miscarriage
CASCARA SAGRADA may trigger contractions
CELERY uterine stimulant; miscarriage
CHASTEBERRY can cause hormonal changes and uterine bleeding
CHICORY uterine bleeding; miscarriage
CINCHONA uterine bleeding; miscarriage
CINNAMON uterine bleeding; miscarriage
CITRONELLA (LEMON GRASS) uterine bleeding; miscarriage
CITRUS FRUITS excess intake can result in uterine stimulation
COCOA and COFFEE, KOLA NUT contains caffeine,which has been linked to miscarriage, low birth weight, premature delivery and birth defects.
COLIUS uterine bleeding; miscarriage
COLOMBO paralysis;uterine contractions
CORN POPPY miscarriage; infant death
COTTON ROOT uterine bleeding ; miscarriage
We've only discussed herbs that start with A, B, C . As you can see, there are a lot of herbs. I'll continue with some more in the next couple of days.
Posted by Elaynn @ 12:18 PM EDT [ Comments  ]
20 Jul · Sun 2014
THIS IS PART ONE of HERBS THAT JUST ARE NOT SAFE TO USE
At present, herbal products can be sold without requiring studies on their safety or effectiveness. It is up to the individual to decide for themselves whether certain herbs are safe to take. So, that is what this blog is about.
Many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but, be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied. Many herbalists even now, are also using herbs as medicine based on tradition or folk medicine. Depending on the culture and region, people for years and years used certain herbs for certain conditions. Many of these work, but, many more were not effective at all and so called herbalist would use these herbal treatments because that’s what was being used at that time.
Some of these conditions are potentially serious. I think that it is finally time for those who want to be known as herbalists to start doing some serious research into each and every herb that they want to use in their formulas and sell to the public, whether it be teas, tinctures, salves, or whatever. The findings of people such as Culpepper, Gerard and a host of others were made hundreds of years ago. Since people did not live all that long back then, how does anyone know for sure if the herbs worked or, helped kill these people? You don’t. Writers of herb findings back then were not going to incriminate themselves by admitting that certain herbs just might kill a person rather than make them well. Maybe that is where the saying “ it will either kill you or cure you” comes from?
I have compiled a list with some herbs that a person might think twice about using. Some herbs will cause a person to just get sick, or end up in a situation worse than they originally began with, while others will cause death. My research is based on many modern day findings that are listed at the end of this blog, as well as just plain common sense. We have to remember that things change as time goes on. Nothing stands still and, it is the same with herbs. Also, keep in mind that “high doses” can mean as little as a teaspoonful or a cupful. It does not mean that a person would have to drink a gallon of the stuff. It also can mean over a period of time.
AMERICAN SKULLCAP (Scutellarialateriflora)
Herbalist use this herb for tension, anxiety, insomnia, panic, headaches, fatigue, depression, melancholy, convulsions, jerking muscles, epilepsy, heart trembles, depression, arthritis, fever, snake bites, and rabies. Skullcap is used for PMS when used with chaste tree or false unicorn root
High doses can cause giddiness, stupor, mental confusion, twitching, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. There is also the problem of American skullcap being contaminated with germander, which can cause liver damage.
ANGELICA A. acutiloa, A. archangelica, A. atropurpurea, A. dahurica, A. edulis, A. gigas, A. keiskei, A. koreanna, A. polymorpha, A. pubescens, A. radix, and A. sinensis
People use angelica for anemia, anti gas treatment, asthma, backache, diuretic, diaphoretic, eczema, gynecologic disorders, hay fever, headache, menstrual discomfort, osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms.
Those who consume the purplish stems of angelica that are collected and crystallized with sugar to make a pleasant tasting confection should be aware that the plant contains a number of furocoumarins, e.g., angelicin, bergapten, immperatorin, and xanthotoxin.
Some authorities believe that angelica may cause cancer. Angelica can cause bleeding or bruising after use. Severe poisoning has resulted from large doses of the root administered in an attempt to induce abortions.
ARNICA of the family Asteraceae (all varieties) People have employed the entire plant, including the roots, often using this herb internally. Arnica is used for reducing inflammation, bruising, aches, and rheumatic pain. It is used in teas, tinctures and salves. Studies have shown that when arnica tincture is taken internally that it exhibit a toxic action on the heart and caused very large increases in blood pressure. Repeated use on the skin can cause severe inflammation, itching, blisters, skin ulcers, and other allergy-related skin problems.
BROOM Cytisus scoparius, syn, Saritganbys scioaruys
Used as a diuretic, produce vomiting, sweating. For poor circulation or heart conditions, especially low blood pressure and to induce relaxation and euphoria.
Using BROOM can cause headache, irregular heartbeat, mind altering sensation from smoking the plant parts. Poisoning symptoms: shock, a fast pulse, confusion or other mental changes, vertigo, nausea, and diarrhea, uterine contractions, fungal pneumonia (from smoking contaminated broom tops) and miscarriage.
BROOM does not interact well with drugs, particularly beta blockers, such as Inderal or other drugs that are used to treat heart conditions; Do not use BROOM if you are on tricyclic antidepressants, such as Sinequan.
CAT'S CLAW (Uncariatomentosa or Uncariaguianensis) Two species of cat's claw: Uncariatomentosa and Uncariaguianensis,.Uncariatomentosa is most commonly used in the U.S., and Uncariaguianensis is typically used in Europe
Touted as a cure-all for HIV, AIDS, cancer, whatever else,. Cat’s claw is most commonly used for improving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, diverticulitis, colitis , gastritis. leaky bowel syndrome, shingles, chronic fatigue syndrome, wound healing, parasites, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, hay fever, cancer (especially urinary tract cancer), a particular type of brain cancer called glioblastoma, gonorrhea, dysentery, birth control, bone pains, and "cleansing" the kidneys. MY, my, what a busy herb this is!
CAT’S CLAW can, however, cause headache, dizziness, and vomiting in some people. If you have Leukemia, Cat's claw might worsen this condition.
For Auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), or other similar conditions, Cat’s claw might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. There is a concern that cat’s claw might make blood pressure control difficult during surgery.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) substrates) interacts with CAT'S CLAW Taking CAT'S CLAW along with some medications that are broken down by the liver can increase the effects and side effects of some medications.
GENTIAN Gentiana lutea L. ; Gentiana acaulis L.
a/k/a bitter root, feltwort, gall weed, pale gentian, stem less gentian and yellow gentian.
Gentian is used for heartburn, intestinal gas, irritable bowel syndrome, malaria, sharp intestinal pains, to help curb smoking and to stimulate the appetite. Also used as a bitter digestive tonic, and as an antidote to poisons.
SIDE EFFECTS: headache, nausea and vomiting. Gentian may increase anti inflammatory properties.
GREATER CELANDINE (Chelidoniummajus) Another cure all herb. Used internally for sedation, gallstone prevention, intestinal and digestive problems, liver disease, and eye irritation. Topically it is used for ringworm, warts, and corns. Also, "liver diseases, for inflammation of the gallbladder, inflammation of the biliary duct, loss of appetite, jaundice, hepatitis, dropsy, gout, arthritis, rheumatism, fevers, spasmodic coughs, bronchitis, asthma, intestinal polyps, breast lumps, angina, cramps, arteriosclerosis, gout, water retention, skin eruptions, scurvy, ulcers, cancers (specifically skin and stomach). The tincture has been used for liver problems, facial, head, and shoulder neuralgia, constipation.
SIDE EFFECTS: It can cause serious liver problems such as hepatitis, and blockage of the bile duct (bile duct obstruction). Some GREATER CELANDINE extracts appear to increase the flow of bile. There is a concern that this might make bile duct obstruction worse.
CHAPARRAL (Larreadivaricatacoville) I was called a moron by someone who read an earlier blog of mine not long ago, stating that she used chaparral for cancer and it cured her cancer. However, let me quote from Rational WIKI “Chaparral is used for lots of things, including cancer. Chaparral is not effective for cancer and not known to be effective for anything else, either.” And from WEBMD “Chaparral is a plant. The leaf is used to make medicine, but there are serious safety concerns. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada have advised consumers against using products containing chaparral due to safety concerns. Despite warnings, chaparral is still available in the U.S. Also included here are comments made by Varro E. Tyler well known author of The Honest Herbal.
Chaparral is used for digestion problems, cramps, respiratory tract conditions including colds and infections; and ongoing chronic skin disorders. It is also used for cancer, arthritis, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, central nervous system conditions, chickenpox, parasite infections, obesity, and snakebite pain. Some people use chaparral for detoxification, or as a tonic or “blood purifier.” Chaparral is said to possess analgesic, expectorant, emetic, diuretic, and anti inflammatory properties. Oh yes, and as a hair tonic.
Another busy herb!
Chaparral WAS , around 1968, considered to be potentially useful in the treatment of cancer. HOWEVER, in 1990’s, cases of liver disease started to crop up and Chaparral was then considered to be dangerous for humans to use. Some people out there, including well known herbalists, need to keep abreast of changes regarding the overall safety of herbs. We are not living in the 1600’s anymore!
CHAPARRAL IS UNSAFE. There are several reports of serious poisoning, acute hepatitis, and kidney and liver damage, including kidney and liver failure.
According to WEBMD: “Chaparral can cause side effects including stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, fever, and liver and kidney damage. Putting chaparral on the skin can cause skin reactions including rash and itching. “AND, Rational WIKI “it's actually very dangerous. It can cause fatal liver damage and kidney failure. Other side effects may include fatigue, itching, rash, and allergic reactions. Despite the title of that old cowboy serial, Chaparral cannot get you high.” And, from the American Cancer website: “ Chaparral is considered a dangerous herb that can cause irreversible, life-threatening liver damage and kidney damage. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cautioned against the internal use of chaparral. Research has not found it to be an effective treatment for cancer or any other disease.
A clinical study of nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), one of the chemicals in chaparral, concluded that it was not useful in treating people with cancer,”
Coltsfoot (Tussilagofarfara) Used as an expectorant and for coughs. Coltsfoot cigarettes are used for asthma. Despite serious safety concerns, people take coltsfoot for lung problems such as bronchitis, asthma, and whooping cough (pertussis). They also take it for upper respiratory tract complaints including sore mouth and throat, cough, and hoarseness. Coltsfoot seems to be the principle ingredient in herbal smoking formulas.
According to WEBMD Coltsfoot is considered UNSAFE. It contains chemicals called hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) that can damage the liver (or make liver disease worse), or cause cancer, birth defects, and . taken in large amounts might interfere with treatment for high blood
Many well-known herbalists praise coltsfoot for its flavor as it is supposed to be very palatable for cough drops, syrups and teas.
PART TWO TO FOLLOW
De Milto, Lori; Frey, Rebecca."Foxglove."Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine. 2005. Encyclopedia.com. (December 27, 2013). http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3435100319.html
The Honest Herbal by Varro E. Tyler
The Complete Guide to HERBAL MEDICINES BY Charles W. Fetrow and Juan R. Avila
Know Your Poisonous Plants by Wilma Roberts James
An Illustrated Guide to 101 Medicinal Herbs by Steven Foster
Posted by Elaynn @ 09:12 AM EDT [ Comments  ]
10 May · Sat 2014
The desire to get back to nature is increasing the numbers and ages most likely to be poisoned by using herbs. It's not just the folks who want to use alternative medicine for their healthcare, larger numbers of us are hiking, camping and wild crafting. I have noticed there are so many books written in the past 20 to 30 years by people supposedly in the know of herbs and all saying basically about the same thing about the same herbs. Many of the herbs these people suggest using are downright dangerous. Furthermore, they are not using the herb formula correctly.
While it is true that many herb plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, we need to be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.
Even though you may have heard of some or all of the following herbs, be aware that they are not safe for humans to use.
The following is a list of herbs that EVERYONE should be leery of:
Belladonna Lily of the Amaryllis Family
Bryony, European White
Calotropis Cherry Laurel
Comfrey (internally; externally is ok if used sparingly)
Datura (Angel’s Trumpet)
Dropwort, Hemlock Water
Hellebore, White Hemlock
Jin Bu Huan
Nightshade, Deadly Nux Vomica
Wake Robin, American
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