Last update: Oct. 31, 2018

Burdock

Low Risk for breastfeeding


Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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The root of this herbaceous plant is used. It contains carbohydrates (inulin), mucilage, phenolic acids and phytosterols.
Traditional indications which have no conclusive clinical evidence (EMA 2010): diuretic, anorexia, acne, seborrhea. The E Commission of the German Ministry of Health discourages its use because its properties are not proven (Blumenthal 1998 p 318).
Used for culinary purposes in some Asian countries.

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breastmilk.

It is devoid of toxicity and has few published side effects.

Given its lack of toxicity at correct doses, moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.
An old published study of intoxication was due to contamination of a burdock preparation with another product (Bryson 1978, Fletcher 1978).

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Make sure they are from a reliable source: poisonings have occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties, poisonings due to heavy metals that are extracted from the soil and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi (Anderson 2017).
2. Do not take in excess; follow recommendations from experts in phytotherapy. “Natural” products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors (they contain phytoestrogens: Powers 2015, Zava 1998) if consumed in exaggerated quantities or periods of time.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Tradenames

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References

  1. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  2. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. EMA. Community herbal monograph on Arctium kappa. CHM. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  4. Zava DT, Dollbaum CM, Blen M. Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Abstract
  5. Blumenthal M. The American Botanical Council. The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Ed. Integrative Medicine Com. Boston. 1998
  6. Bryson PD, Watanabe AS, Rumack BH, Murphy RC. Burdock root tea poisoning. Case report involving a commercial preparation. JAMA. 1978 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  7. Fletcher GF, Cantwell JD. Burdock root tea poisoning. JAMA. 1978 Abstract Full text (in our servers)

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