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Herbs to avoid when having surgery


Diet Supplements/

Boise has a number of outpatient clinics where routine biopsy’s and minor surgeries are performed. If health conditions make it necessary to have either minor or major medical surgery there are certain herbs and supplements that may cause problems and should be avoided.

Alfalfa, Bilberry, Cayenne, Chamomile, Dong Quai, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginger, Gingko, Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, Goldenseal, Guarana, Horse Chestnut, Papaya, Vitamin E and Willow Bark may cause an increase risk of bleeding during and after surgery.

Those that may disrupt the effects of anesthesia include Hawthorn, Kava Kava, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Licorice Root, Melatonin, Mugwort, St. John’s Wort, Valerian/Valerian Root and Yohimbe.

Additionally, Echinacea may have a severe impact on the liver with general anesthesia and Ma Huang (Ephedra) and Gotu Kola may cause dangerous adverse effects when combined with anesthesia medications.

Those that alter blood glucose levels include Acia Fruit, Alfalfa, Aloe, Agrimony, Barley, Bitter Melon, Burdock Root, Carrot Oil, Chromium, Coriander, Dandelion Root, Devil’s Claw, Eucalyptus, Fenugreek, Fo-Ti, large amounts of Garlic, Ginseng, Grapeseed, Guayusa, Gmena, Juniper oil, onions, periwinkle and Yellow Dock Root.

While these supplements are considered generally safe under normal conditions, drugs can alter the affects of herbal supplements.


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