Herbs to Avoid in Pregnancy







During pregnancy, any medication should be kept to the minimum possible and only used if really necessary, specially during first trimester of pregnancy.


General cautions
Schedule III and other restricted herbs such as Ephedra sinica, Lobelia inflata etc. are not be used.  Also, strong laxative anthraquinone containing herbs such as Aloe vera, or purgatives such as Helleborus niger; high volatile oil containing herbs e.g., Juniperus communis etc; Apiol and Thujone containing herbs such as Peroselinum crispum, Salvia officinalis; herbs with oxitocic, emmenagogues actions, e.g., Artemisia absinthium, Calendula officinalis and  herbs with estrogenic activity like Foeniculum vulgare (fennel) , Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh root) should be avoided.

Please note that some of the herbs contraindicated in pregnancy are beneficial at the time of birth, and/or during lactation. Also, the homeopathic remedies have often not the same restrictions.

Aloe vera                                            Achillea millefolium
Acorus calmus                                  Ananas comosus
Artemisia spp.                                  Apium graveolens
Arctostaphylos uva ursi                Atropa belladonna
Barosma betulina                          Berberis vulgaris
Bryonia dioca                                 Cassia senna
Caulophyllum thalictiodes         Chamealirium luteum
Chincona succirubra                   Cimicifuga racemosa
Cinnamonum zeylandicum        Cytisus scoparius
Dryopteris felix-mas                    Foneiculum vulgaris
Gossypium herbaceum               Harpagophylum procumbes
Hydrastis canadensis                  Juniperus communis
Levisticum officinalis                    Lobelia inflata
Lycopus spp                                    Mahonia aquifolium
Mentha puleguim                           Menyanthes trifoliata
Myrisica fragrans                          Petroselenium crispum
Peumus boldo                                Phytolacca decandra
Piscidea erythrina                         Rhamnus spp
Rheum spp.                                   Rosmarinus officinalis
Rumex crispus                               Ruta graveolans
Salvia officinalis                            Salvia sclarea
Senecio aurens                            Solanum dulcamara
Tanacetum spp.                           Thuja occidentalis
Thymus vulgaris                         Urginea spp
Verbena officinalis                     Vinca spp.
Viscum alba                                 Zanthoxylum clava-herculis




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