Last update March 17, 2019

Chiliadenus glutinosus, Chiliadenus saxatilis

Low Risk

Possibly safe. Probably compatible. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

The leaves and flowering tops are used in infusions of this plant which is native to the Iberian Peninsula.

It contains essential oil (camphor and borneol), sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids and tannins (Sánchez 2000, Rubio 1995). It does not contain caffeine or theine.

Properties attributed to its traditional use which have not been scientifically proven: digestive, antidiarrheal (Alarcón 2015).

Indications from Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: none.

Since the last update we have not found any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

This plant is widely used in areas of the Iberian Peninsula (Calvo 2015, Alarcón 2015, Cavero 2011, Akerreta 2007, Pardo 2005) and northern Morocco.
There is very little published data on the therapeutic use of this plant, but it seems to be devoid of toxicity. The possible side effects are digestive and not serious.

Given its lack of toxicity at correct doses, its moderate consumption can be considered compatible with breastfeeding.

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

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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Chiliadenus glutinosus, Chiliadenus saxatilis is Rock´s tea in Latin, botanical name.

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  1. Anderson PO. Herbal Use During Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Abstract
  2. Calvo MI, Cavero RY. Medicinal plants used for neurological and mental disorders in Navarra and their validation from official sources. J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Abstract
  3. 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)
  4. Alarcόn R, Pardo-de-Santayana M, Priestley C, Morales R, Heinrich M. Medicinal and local food plants in the south of Alava (Basque Country, Spain). J Ethnopharmacol. 2015 Abstract
  5. Mortel M, Mehta SD. Systematic review of the efficacy of herbal galactogogues. J Hum Lact. 2013 May;29(2):154-62. Abstract
  6. Cavero RY, Akerreta S, Calvo MI. Pharmaceutical ethnobotany in the Middle Navarra (Iberian Peninsula). J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Abstract
  7. Akerreta S, Cavero RY, López V, Calvo MI. Analyzing factors that influence the folk use and phytonomy of 18 medicinal plants in Navarra. J Ethnobiol Ethnomed. 2007 Abstract
  8. Pardo de Santayana M, Blanco E, Morales R. Plants known as té in Spain: an ethno-pharmaco-botanical review. J Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Abstract
  9. Sánchez-Martínez R, Villaescusa-Castillo L, Bernabé M, Díaz-Lanza AM. Two new eudesmane alcohols from Jasonia glutinosa. Z Naturforsch C. 2000 Abstract
  10. Villaescusa-Castillo L, Díaz-Lanza AM, Gasquet M, Delmas F, Ollivier E, Bernabé M, Faure R, Elias R, Balansard G. Antiprotozoal activity of sesquiterpenes from jasonia glutinosa. Pharm Biol. 2000 Abstract
  11. Zava DT, Dollbaum CM, Blen M. Estrogen and progestin bioactivity of foods, herbs, and spices. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1998 Abstract
  12. Rubio B, Villaescusa L, Diaz AM, Fernandez L, Martin T. Flavonol glycosides from Scolymus hispanicus and Jasonia glutinosa. Planta Med. 1995 Abstract

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