Herbs Forum, page 3

Herb Forum

This forum explores the side effects and adverse events that result from using herbs and supplements for medicine. These are the countraindications, warnings, drug/herb interactions and side effects that you should be aware of before using these supplements.

Note for Terri: Your post about false positives was moved to that forum.

Reduce high blood pressure
Misletoe, ginger & garlic. Mistletoe tea is effective 4 me in reducing high blood pressure.


AskDocWeb: Thanks Olanike! That was just the nudge we needed to add mistletoe to the herb list. By the way, which do you perfer your tea, hot, cold, or room temperature?

Be careful with chia seeds
I am 65 yrs young, I practice alternative health and alternative transportation, chripractors, holistic dentists, i do not run, only mountain bike and cargo bike with 3 bicycles made in Denmark. I have used these for 7 years, riding in snow, ice, rain, beach, mud, water, all year round, recently, i have contacted gerd, i have used ginger beverages, flax milk, hemp, probioitc, and a few others. I have started on chia seeds, it can cause frequent loose bowel movement, be careful. I have tried to minimize its effects, since I have started to use it it does work, but you have to be very careful when using it, in compbination with apple cider vinegar. I also have developed a system that i feel have modernized mounain biking, into the 21st century, too complex to expalin in an email. Hope this helps other people.


Internal Bleeding
I cook lamb season with bayleaf I have internal Bleeding 5 days now help


AskDocWeb: Dried bay leaf has been reported to cause upper gastrointestinal tract bleeding. Any signs of internal bleeding should be discussed with your doctor.

Herbal interactions?
Would you be able to tell me where I can check the interaction of different herbs together? I’m about to start taking 2 different herbal products: CholesLo and Bladder Q & a little worried about combining them. Thanks so much for any help.


AskDocWeb: You can find most herbs on MedlinePlus. That is the government run website by the National Institutes of Health.

Does rosemary oil effect blood pressure?
Does rosmary oil along with other herbs used for hair loss applied topically to the scalp affect blood pressure in someone who has the condition?


AskDocWeb: Although the smell of rosemary oil can lower blood pressure in some people, applying it to the skin is not recommended if you have high blood pressure. Not only can rosemary oil increase blood pressure, it can also counteract some medications used to treat high blood pressure, such as ACE inhibitors.

Date: 3/20/2013


AskDocWeb: See Eucalyptus.

Allergic reaction to senna
Date: 4/22/2006
I have taken senna in the past to help me relieve my constipation and never experienced any problems however tonight I had an allergic reaction. I haven’t taken in a few months but over the past few weeks I had trouble having bowel movement and took two tea bags brewed in probably 2 cups of water in the afternoon. By one am I woke up with severe swelling of face and restriction on breathing; constant sneezing with greenish yellow mucous and swollen neck, nose and left eye. I also had bowel movement. This went on for 20 Minutes, it was a Benadryl that stopped the pain, itching and helped with breathing almost instantly, probably after a minute or two. I had to share this experience and thankful to be able to read on Sena.


AskDocWeb: Thanks for letting us know Gerri. It is possible to become sensitive to herbs that you have used in the past. Overall allergies seem to be an increasing problem.

Date: 4/26/2006
Mistletoe tea was recommended to me to treat HBP but now am not sure. Is Trevo compatible with mistletoe tea and lisinopril 5mg/day for treatment oh HBP?


AskDocWeb: Always check with your personal healthcare provider before using any herbal supplements with prescription drugs. Mistletoe tea is known to lower blood pressure but for some individuals it may raise it. Please read the warnings for Mistletoe tea.

Trévo? is a NEW liquid dietary supplement made from 174 ingredients. It is sold as Trevo Nutritional Liquid Drink. We were unable to locate an exact list of ingredients so that product is an unknown as far as possible herb/drug interactions.

Cucumber juice and honey
Date: 5/20/2006
sir i use cucumber juice and honey mixture on face almost more then a month. i have query is it ok if i continue to use this in my daily routine life because i see tremendous effect on my skin?


AskDocWeb: The mixture of cucumber juice and honey mixture has been used for centuries as a remedy for many skin related problems. It has been recommended to relieve dry skin, itchy skin bumps, and to tone skin. This home remedy is usually applied and left on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then washed away with cold water to tighten pores.

Date: 8/3/2013
clopidogrel 75n mg once a day…is it safe to take chia seeds too?

AskDocWeb: Clopidogrel is a blood thinner. Chia seeds can interfere with blood thinners as well as medication for high blood pressure. If you use either check with your doctor before eating chia seeds.

Great resource!
Date: 8/15/2013
Hello, What a great resource! I am so glad I found your site! Can you please provide information on: Ashwagandha Holy Basil Saffron Thank you!!

AskDocWeb: Thanks Jennifer. Due to some health problems we are currently behind on research but will add those as soon as possible.

Tingling sensation?
Date: 10/7/2013
I have been taking Spring Valley Brand of Cinnamon plus Chromium. I have noticed every time after taking 1 capsule I have a tingling sensation in my breasts comparable to being engorged. Is this something that you have heard of before?

AskDocWeb: We have not heard of chromium causing that kind of tingling sensation. That’s a new one but now that it is out in the open so to speak, maybe others will comment.

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