Drugs & Herbs: allies or enemies?


Himself phytotherapeutist

Today Supplements to medicinal plants are becoming
popular. They are sold without a prescription, and we prescribe them themselves,
without consulting a doctor. Why not - this is not "chemistry" and "grass"!

But the active ingredients contained in roots and herbs, nothing
essentially do not differ from substances derived industrial
method is onlyDrugs & Herbs: allies or enemies?M. And then, and another - a powerful weapon, and applied together, they
sometimes generate an unexpected reaction.

Suppose a 50-year-old man decided to take ginkgo biloba extract
for the prevention of age-related memory impairment. At the same time, the doctor, not
aware of this, I had prescribed aspirin by
heart problems. The patient is in good faith and accept that, and another - and
a few months later it ended a stroke ... How can I avoid this scenario?

At first, warn
doctor about all herbs and supplements that you are taking. we
describe the properties of some popular plants, but these or other
side effects are practically at all.

good idea to
insure and also consult with a qualified
phytotherapeutist. He knows about adverse properties of the herbs more than the usual

And thirdly, always drink
drugs and herbs separately, at different times of the day (say, one morning,
the other in the evening), to avoid unwanted "meetings."

Take, but do not mix

Echinacea. It has antibacterial and antiviral activity. it is used
for the prevention and treatment of acute respiratory infections and influenza and enhance immunity.

  • Do not take echinacea with antifungal drugs: a combination of toxic to the liver.
  • Do not drink echinacea along with drugs that suppress the immunity: they neutralize each other.
  • It is strictly prohibited Echinacea patients with autoimmune diseases, tuberculosis and AIDS.

Valerian root. A popular tool for improving sleep and fight with mild and moderate forms of anxiety.

  • Do not take drugs valerian root together with other
    drugs for anxiety and antidepressants: their sedative
    effect can stack up with unpredictable results.
  • Valerian and other soothing herbs is not recommended to be taken with antihistamines.

Ginkgo biloba.

This ancient Chinese herb improves capillary circulation and blood flow to the brain, improves attention and memory.

  • Ginkgo preparations should not be taken with anticoagulants
    (Substances thinning blood): their combined effect may result in
    to excessive dilution of blood bleeding and hemorrhage.
  • It may be desirable combination of Ginkgo and MAO-inhibitors drugs for the treatment of depression.

St. John's wort. In Russia, the St. John's wort is widely used in a variety of diseases, at
West is considered the main way means for depression and nervous
voltage and is part of many sedatives.

  • St. John's Wort should not be taken with medications that cause
    sensitivity, such as some antibiotics, he can
    exacerbate this effect.
  • Do not drink St. John's wort if you are taking antidepressants,
    affecting the serotonin content: effects can be summed up with
    unpredictable results.
  • People taking anticonvulsant drugs, do not drink
    St. John's wort without the consent of a doctor. According to studies, these
    agents may interact with each other.
  • According to some sources, St. John's wort can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, as well as some anti-asthma.

Ginseng. A popular herbal remedy for toning.

  • Ginseng promotes the liquefaction of the blood, so it can not be taken
    simultaneously with cardiac, antihypertensive and antidiabetic
  • The combination of Ginseng and MAO inhibitors in some cases can cause manic psychosis.
  • Combined with coffee and preparations of caffeine causes irritability.

Ephedra. Used to treat a variety of conditions - from colds to asthma.
The main active ingredient - ephedrine found in many media
from the common cold, as well as in preparations for weight loss.

  • Do not take ephedra and products containing it together with
    hypo- and hypertensive agents (step-down and step-up
    pressure), as it increases the pressure and increases the frequency
    heart rate.
  • Avoid Ephedra those who are taking medications that regulate blood sugar levels: it inhibits their action.
  • Combining it with MAO inhibitors is dangerous increases blood pressure.
  • In combination with some means ephedra heart can cause arrhythmia.

Pyrethrum. It is used to prevent migraine attacks. Do not do it
use it before or after surgical operations, as
This can cause severe bleeding.

Licorice. The root of the licorice and syrup from it is often prescribed for colds, SARS with
cough, as well as ulcers and for relief of menopausal symptoms.

  • Do not use licorice if you are taking anti-diabetic medication: it can interfere with their action.
  • Licorice deplete potassium stores in the body and can cause heart
    arrhythmia, especially in patients taking some kardiopreparaty.
    Also, it should not be combined with diuretics, as this loss of
    potassium increase dramatically.
  • Licorice reduces the activity of the thyroid gland, and therefore can
    need to adjust the dose of medication, its stabilizing production
  • Do not take licorice with antihypertensive drugs - it reduces their effectiveness.
  • licorice drugs are not recommended in case of problems with the kidneys and the bladder.

Psyllium. Widely used as a laxative.

  • Do not take it together with other laxatives.
  • Psyllium can inhibit absorption of iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, and some drugs.

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