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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Limit your alcohol intake.1
• Some herbs possess cardiac properties that may intensify the action of antihypertensive drugs. This could result in an excessive lowering of blood pressure or increased side effects. Such herbs include: black hellebore, calamus, cereus, cola, coltsfoot, devil's claw, fumitory, digitalis leaf, hedge mustard, figwort, lily of the valley roots, motherwort, pleurisy root, squill bulb leaf scales, white horehound, mate, scotch broom flower, shepherd's purse, and wild carrot2
• Avoid natural licorice products, Ginseng, and Ephedra (Ma huang) which may contribute to high blood pressure.3
References1 Mindell, E, Hopkins V: Prescription Alternatives. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, Inc, 1998
1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
1 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
2 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.
2 PDR for Herbal Medicines, 2nd edition, Medical Economics Company, 2000
2 Facts and Comparisons, The Review of Natural Products, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
3 Farese, RV et al., Licorice-induced hypermineralcorticoidism. NEJM. 1991, 325:1,1223-1,227.
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999
3 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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