Herbs And Pregnancy

Some Herbs To Be Avoided During Pregnancy & Breast Feeding

    Bearberry--Uva Ursi, Black Cohosh--Cimicifuga racemosa, Blue Cohosh--Caulophyllum thalictroides, Broom--Cytiscus scoparius, Cedar--Thuja occidentalis, Comphrey--Symphytum officinalis, Dong Qui--Angelica sinensis, Golden Seal--Hydrastis canadensis, Juniper--Juniperus communis, Licorice--Glycyrrhiza glabra, Lobelia--Lobelia inflata, Ma Huang--Ephedra sinica, Nutmeg--Myristica fragrans, Parsley Oil, European Pennyroyal--Mentha pulegium, Pokeroot--Phyolaca spp., Rue--Ruta graveolens, Sage--Salvia officinalis, Tansy--Tanacetum vulgare, Queen Anne's Lace Seeds, Wild Yams and even Galic, Parsley, Alfalfa Sprouts, Soy and Clover are suspect.

Also it is a good idea to avoid herbs in same genus as these until further research is done.
Also avoid all strong diuretic and laxitive herbs. Check with your doctor & herbalist before using medicinal herbs to treat problems during pregnancy. More research in this area needs to be done.

Newest List, 2004:
NOT TO BE USED DURING PREGNANCY, OR IF YOU ARE NURSING: Alkanet, Aloe, Angelica, Anise, Anise Star, Arnica, Ashwaganda,
Barley Grass, Barberry, Basil, Bitter Melon, Black Cohosh, Bladderwrack,
Blessed Thistle, Blood Root, Blue Cohosh, Blue Flag, Blue Vervain, Borage, Buckthorn,
California Poppy, Cascara Sagrada, Catnip, Celandine, Celery,
Chervil, Cinnamon, Club Moss, Comfrey, Coltsfoot, Cubeb,
Dong Quai, Elecampane, False Unicorn, Fenugreek, Feverfew,
Ginger, Golden Seal, Gravel, Guarana, Gymnema, Horehound, Horsetail, Hyssop,
Juniper, Lemongrass, Licorice, Lobelia, Lovage, Lungwort,
Mace, Motherwort, Mugwort, Muira Puama, Myrrh, Neem,
Oregon Grape, Osha, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Pleurisy, Prickly Ash,
Red Clover, Rhodiola, Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Sassafras, Sarsaparilla,
Senna, Shepherds Purse, Spikenard, Turkey Rhubarb, Turmeric,
Uva Ursi (KanicKanic), Vitex, Watercress, White Sage, Wormwood, Yarrow.


Use herbs in moderation and of course avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffiene, hard drugs and most prescription drugs. The fewer chemicals the better.
Herbal Safety Sheet

Also try to avoid Enviromental Hormonal Chemicals. Pesticides, herbicides, plastics and numerous other unnatural and natural chemicals incommon use can have profound fetal effects in very small amounts (a few ppb). Good luck and have a healthy baby.


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