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General Health Benefits and Potential Dangers

It has already become a known fact that traditional medicine has been relying for so long on the benefits that herbs provide in treating many conditions, illnesses and diseases. There we find, among the rest, heart related problems and diseases, depression, sleeplessness, and many more. Depending on the healing properties of each of them, the appropriate parts are used and mostly so leaves, flowers, roots and seeds. Not only are they health beneficial, but are also extremely pleasing to the taste, especially herbal teas that have the properties to relieve tension by relaxing a person in question.

Even though there are many positive sides to herbs and herbal medicines, it is extremely important to know which of them are safe to consume, because they can be life-threatening. This particularly applies to those women who are in the middle of breastfeeding, since certain herbs have almost the same effects as some medications which are considered to be a potential threat, both for the mother and the child. For example substances that abound in fenugreek – coumarin and nicotinic acid, can be dangerous to proper heart functioning, blood pressure and sugar, to name some of the most prominent dangers they can cause.

Herbal Teas are Safe for Mothers who are Breastfeeding

Most herbs are considered to be safe for those mothers who are in the middle of breastfeeding. The ones that are highly recommended for these mothers are those teas that do not abound in preparations pharmacologic in nature. The fairly good choices are raspberry tea, lemon lift and orange cinnamon, as well as rose hips tea, which is extremely rich Vitamin C.

Herbal Teas Harmful to Mothers who are Breastfeeding

On the other hand, certain herbal ingredients of teas should be avoided at all cost. The following belong to this group – vanilla imitation plant (originating from Mexico) which can, in greater quantities initiate severe bleeding; teas that have as an ingredient pyrrolizide alkaloids, which, if drunk more than once a day, brings about vein occlusion and liver failure, and also severe cardiovascular disease.

Another herb, which holds potential dangers, is comfrey. In normal circumstances it is employed as means to remedy the wounds and wounded areas (in a topical manner), as well as the ulcers, but the danger lies in the fact that it holds alkaloids, which are thought to cause vein blockage. Yet another danger of this plant lies in the fact that, because of the similarity, it is confused with some other herbs that are not dangerous, such as nightshade and foxglove. This is one of the main reason why comfrey has been prohibited in Canada.

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