Side Effects of Some Herbs
by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu 看中文請按 各藥名聯線
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use caution in case of yin deficiency orheat in blood. The effective ingredient is the volatile oil and it is the toxic ingredient which can cause inflammation of the skin mucus. When taken orally can cause irritation of
the of the digestive tract. After absolving, it can arrive at the liver and can obstruct the metabolism of the liver and can cause jaundice type of hepatitis. Its effect toward the central nervous system is prominent. In toxic reaction, the central nervous system becomes over active and can induce seizure. Because of the changes of the reflex of the nerves, it can damage the walls of blood vessels and causes hyperemia (increase of blood flow to the part of body) of the uterus and causes bleeding. Toxic range is 20 ~ 30 g if taken orally.
| low toxicity if eaten; may cause vomiting, diarrhea, excitement, delirium, and coma.|
da hui xiang
side effects may include dizziness, vomiting, speech impairment, pale complexion, eye balls rolling back intermittently, spasm in limbs, neck arching backward symptoms of digestive systems and of the nervous system.
Headache, insomnia, anxious, itchiness, hiccups, blood pressure going up, pale, purple lips, spasm in the limbs, rapid breathing, heart exhaustion and even death has been reported. An ingredient, eleutherosides are related to digitalis glycosides, such as digoxin, and may have an additive effect with digoxin. The concurrent use of digitalis glycosides and ren shen (ginseng) may increase serum levels of digoxin and possible digitalis glycoside toxicity.
may cause bleeding, contains blood thinning ingredients
Irritation of the mucus of the mouth, the nose and the eyes. Over dose my cause respiratory arrest.
Allergic reaction: dizziness, throat feels swollen and obstructed, heaviness in chest, itchiness and rash.
ma qian zi
Toxic reaction: mild reactions include mild spasm in the limbs, drunken feeling, frighten. Nervous system symptoms include face, jaw, & back muscle spasm, opisthotonus, blue lips. Circulation system symptoms: : palpitation, blue lips, short of breath and heart failure.
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, salivating, whole body numbness, slow heart rate , increase of blood pressure and rate of breathing, reflexes become stronger, spasm. If it is serious, the breathing become slower and may result in coma.
guan mu tong
The toxic variety is called guan mu tong. 95% of mu tong sold in China today, is toxic. Acute kidney exhaustion: lack of urine, protein or blood in urine, hypertension, nausea, lack of appetite and itchiness. Drop in platelet count, bleeding, & anemic. Do not exceed established dosage of 3 to 6 g per day.
qing u xiang
Allergic reaction: mild abdominal pain, itchiness, tightness in chest area, and diarrhea.
qian nian jian
Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, whole body spasm, foaming in the mouth, coma, opisthotonus.
san qi 三 七
(tian qi) 田七
Face and eyes becomes red and swollen. Numbness in the limbs, dizziness, heaviness in the chest, palpitation, sweating, nausea, arrhythmia
shan ci gu
Frequent vomiting, intensive pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, bleeding of the
digestive tract, dehydration, acidosis, shock, anxious, coma, lack of urine.
It might cause death in serious cases
shan dou gen
Affects central nervous system and vegetation nervous system: headache,
nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, sweating, dropping of blood pressure,
difficulty in breathing, anxious, delirium, spasm, coma, and death caused by breathing exhaustion
Allergic reaction: rash, or local or whole body swelling, nose bleeding, dry skin, and dizziness.
tian nan xing
Eating raw tian nan xing causes serious damage of mucus area, swollen tongue, numbness in mouth and tongue, and speech and memory impairment
wu jia pi
wu jia pi wine are often made with "northern wu jia pi" which is toxic. Toxic reaction: blindness, numbness in limbs, dizziness and headache
wu wei zi
Toxic in stomach area: burning sensation in solar plexus area, lack of appetite.
Allergic reaction: exanthema type of rash and itchiness.
Toxic to the kidneys: large dosages or long term usage is toxic to the kidneys
Opisthotonus : a form of spasm in which head, neck and spine are arched backwards .
Exanthema: acute rash of young children. 幼兒急疹
See herbs that can cause skin allergy. 按此看能致皮膚敏感的藥物。
Also see Toxicity of Herbs 按此看對腎臟有毒的藥物.
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Last update: Sept 21, 2013, 11 p.m. LAH