Last update June 17, 2017
Herbaceous plant native to China.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses roots and tuber rhizomes in dried form (gan), fresh or raw (shen or sheng) or preparations (shu), attributing to it various properties, none of which have been scientifically proven (WHO 2007: p.283-295, Wong 1997).
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.
Free of toxicity (WHO 2007: p.283-295), 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.
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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