Last update Aug. 30, 2018
Very Low Risk
The root of the plant is used.
Contains essential oil with sulphur compounds.
Properties attributed without clinical confirmation: eupeptic, laxative, cholagogue, hepatoprotective, balsamic and expectorant. Indications from Commission E of the German Ministry: dyspepsia and respiratory catarrh (Blumentahl 1998 p 193).
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breastmilk.
Given its lack of toxicity at correct doses, moderate consumption as a herbal medicine would be compatible with breastfeeding. Radish as a food has no contraindication in breastfeeding.
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 (contain phytoestrogens: Powers 2015, Zava 1998) if consumed in exaggerated quantity or periods of time.
We do not have alternatives for Radish since it is relatively safe.
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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