Last update Sept. 24, 2015
Very Low Risk
The roots and leaves of the plant in salads both as food and herbal medicine are used.
It contains inulin, terpenes, phytosterols, flavonoids, coumarins and potassium salts in large quantities.
Attributed Properties: cholagogue, laxative, orexigenic. diuretic
Indication by the German Commission E Ministry of Health: dyspepsia, cholelithiasis, anorexia.
Indications by the European Medicament Agency (EMA): diuretic.
There is no evidence of its effectiveness as galactogogue.
Best galactogogue is a frequent on-demand breastfeeding and proper technique.
Its wide use, low toxicity and since it is also consumed as food, a moderate consumption during lactation is considered of little or no risk.
Precaution is recommended before taking herbal infusions:
1. Ensure a reliable source: poisoning occurred by confusion with another plant that resulted to be toxic, poisoning from heavy metals and food poisoning by contamination with bacteria or fungi.
2. Avoid excessive consumption. The "natural" products are not good in any amount: plants contain active substances from which come out much of our traditional pharmacopoeia and can cause poisoning if eaten in exaggerated quantity or prolonged 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. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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