Herbs to Avoid for Pregnant Women
Answered by: Zhongfa Wu
Question from: Zelda
Posted on: February 23, 2009

What Chinese herbs should pregnant women avoid?

Quite a few Chinese herbs should be avoided by pregnant women, especially, some Chinese herbs with functions of resuscitative, drastic purgative and invigorating blood. Unfortunately, a comprehensive list of these herbs is not available in my hand. But I can name some of them as follows:

Fuzi (Radix Aconiti Lateralis Praeparata; Aconitum carmichaeli), Rougui (Cortex Cinnamomi; Cinnamomum cassia), Honghua (Flos Carthami; Carthamus tinctorius), Shexiang (Moschus-Animal medicine), Gansui (Radix Euphorbiae Kansui; Euphorbia kansui), Daji (Radix Euphorbiae Pekinensis; Euphorbia pekinensis),Yuanhua (Flos Genkwa; Daphne genkwa), Qianniuzi (Semen Pharbitidis; Pharbitis nil).

It is important for pregnant women to see a certified doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine when they are going to apply Chinese herbs.

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