Last update Sept. 29, 2015

Boldea fragans

Limited compatibility

Unsafe. Moderate/severe adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Use safer alternative or discontinue breastfeeding from 5 to 7 T ½ . Read Commentary.

Leaves and bark are used.
It contains alkaloids (boldine), essential oil (ascaridol), coumarins and tannins.
Properties attributed are: digestive, cholagogue, diuretic.
Indications Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: dyspepsia.

The essential oil is toxic and very irritating because the content of ascaridol. There have appeared states of hallucination, behavioral disturbances and liver toxicity after consumption of boldo tea.

At last update there were not found published data on excretion in breast milk. Given its toxicity it seems prudent not to consume while breastfeeding or do so only occasionally.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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Other names

Boldea fragans is Boldo in Latin, botanical name.

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Main tradenames from several countries containing Boldea fragans in its composition:


  1. Chaboussant PJ, Gagez AL, Graber M, Zhao JM, Chavant F, Perault-Pochat MC, Graber D. [Behavioural impairments and hallucinations after consumption of boldo leaf infusions]. Therapie. 2014 Abstract
  2. EMA. Community herbal monograph on Peumus boldus Molina, Boldi folium. Committee on Herbal medicinal products; HMPC; 2009 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Agarwal SC, Crook JR, Pepper CB. Herbal remedies-how safe are they? A case report of polymorphic ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation induced by herbal medication used for obesity. Int J Cardiol. 2006 Abstract
  4. Piscaglia F, Leoni S, Venturi A, Graziella F, Donati G, Bolondi L. Caution in the use of boldo in herbal laxatives: a case of hepatotoxicity. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2005 Abstract

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