Last update June 17, 2017

Codonopsis pilosula

Low Risk

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

Shrub native to East Asia.

Traditional Chinese medicine uses this dried root attributing to it various properties, none of which have been scientifically proven (Wong 1979).

Not to be confused with the danshen or salvia miltiorrhiza, which is a very different plant.

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

There is very little literature on this plant, but nothing has been published regarding its toxicity; moderate consumption during breastfeeding would have little or no risk.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, as well as poisoning from heavy metals extracted from the ground and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi (Ting 2013).
2. Do not take in large amounts; follow recommendations from professional experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not always good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can result in poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if taken in excessive amounts or 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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Codonopsis pilosula is Dang Shen in Latin, botanical name.

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  1. Ting A, Chow Y, Tan W. Microbial and heavy metal contamination in commonly consumed traditional Chinese herbal medicines. J Tradit Chin Med. 2013 Abstract
  2. Qi HY, Wang R, Liu Y, Shi YP. [Studies on the chemical constituents of Codonopsis pilosula]. Zhong Yao Cai. 2011 Abstract
  3. Wong HB. Effects of herbs and drugs during pregnancy and lactation. J Singapore Paediatr Soc. 1979 Abstract

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