Last update June 17, 2017
An herbaceous plant originating from central and east Asia used in traditional Chinese medicine.
None of the therapeutic properties attributed to it (Yu 2015, Ng 2003) have been scientifically proven. There is very little literature published on this plant.
A hepatotoxic pentapeptide has been detected in extracts of this plant (Wang 2014).
Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.
The lack of literature and the potential hepatic risk added to the lack of precise therapeutic indications make it an entirely non-essential product, especially during breastfeeding.
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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