Last update Oct. 31, 2018
The bark and leaves of the tree are used.
It contains steroidal alkaloids such as buxine and potentially toxic derivatives (EMA 2012).
Properties attributed to it: laxative, antiseptic when used topically.
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breastmilk.
Due to the lack of proven curative effects and potential toxicity, it is included in the European list of potentially dangerous plants (EMA 2012) and its sale has been banned in some countries, such as Spain (MSC 2004).
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 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.
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