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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.

Eucalyptus oil poisoning
Date: 4/17/2016
Dr. Pls my 3yrs old son drank eucalyptus oil, can it in any way affect him, though he has been taken to hospital and is still medication, thanks


AskDocWeb: If swallowed, eucalyptus oil can cause seizures as well as a number of other serious symptoms. Survival past 48 hours is usually a good sign that they will recover. If any damage to the kidneys has occurred, it may take several months to heal. Drowsiness may persist for several days.

In case of poisoning seek immediate medical help. Do NOT make the person throw up unless told to do so by poison control or a health care professional.

Source: Maypole J, Woolf AD. Essential oils. In: Shannon MW, Borron SW, Burns MJ, eds. Haddad and Winchester’s Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 101.

Date: 4/21/2016
Tumeric. Ginger. Cinnamon with honey different herbs


AskDocWeb: How do you use those herbs and for what ailments?

Date: 7/13/2016
Khats. 1. premature ejaculation and one is very weak when having sex.
2. Ejaculating where not necessary.


AskDocWeb: Thank you Samuel! That’s a new one to add to the list, which we will do as soon as time permits.

Marshmallow root?
Date: 7/27/2016
I have been taking marshmallow root for bladder issues, and was just wondering if for any reason it would show up on a drug test? I have read so much about it and everyone says it’s safe, I just want to make sure because I can’t afford to loose my job. Thanks


AskDocWeb: Marshmallow root is not something that shows up on a drug test for drugs of abuse. However, the list of things that do is extensive.

Date: 7/31/2016
Echinacea does it work to flush your system for a five panal (urine) test?


AskDocWeb: No. We haven’t seen any herb that would do that.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
Date: 9/13/2016
Can I use chia seeds if I’m already taking HRT?


AskDocWeb: With chia seeds high Omega-3 content, it may enhance and balance hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  It may also help reduce hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause and help maintain a positive mental outlook. Preliminary research at the University of California, Los Angeles suggests that Omega-3’s may also help maintain healthy breast tissue.

Gas pain
Date: 9/18/2016
Hello, Yesterday I began using Devil’s Claw and during the night I woke up to severe gas pain from my belly and creeping up to my stomach. I was wondering if you think that it might be from Devil’s Claw?


AskDocWeb: Although Devil’s Claw is known to reduce flatulence (gas) for some people it is counterindicated for those with gastric and duodenal ulcers or gallstones.

How long does saw palmetto stay in the body?
Date: 11/8/2016
I took one dose of saw palmetto 300mg 2 days ago and I’ve had nasty side effects mixed with an MAO. Considering i took only one dose how long will it take before I can’t start taking my MAO again?


AskDocWeb: No reports in published literature were found that clearly identified the half-life of saw palmetto. However, since most sources say to stop using saw palmetto at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery, that should give you some indication as to how long it persists in the body.

Date: 12/14/2016


AskDocWeb: Rosemary is already on the list. Is there anything you would like to add?

Date: 1/6/2017
So I’m confused because different websites say different things, some say it can raise blood sugar and cause diabetes some say it helps prevent diabetes. Some say it raises cholesterol some say it lowers it, also roughly whats a good dose that wont effect my liver. I am curently taking two tea spoons/cups of of tea a day of the dried leaves and letting it soak in the boiled water for 5 minutes each time is that a safe amout? Also can gotu kola make you dehydrated? thanks for your time.


AskDocWeb: Sorry Ryan, we are a little confused. When you start a sentence with the word “Also” that implies a possible change in subject. Because of this it is not clear what the subject is in the first part of your email. Is that about gotu kola or another herb?

Mullein in liquid form
Date: 1/17/2017
I have been told to take Mullein for my asthma, I took the recommended liquid dose in 2 oz of water and felt horrible within 20 mins. Felt like my heart was racing and skipping beats for over an hour then after felt super relaxed. It hasn’t done anything for my asthma, in fact I think I was coughing more. Are there any side effects to this herb in liquid form? I can’t find anything on it besides how great it is in tea form.


AskDocWeb: Did you make the liquid form yourself or buy it premade? If you bought it, what was the brand name and from whom did you buy it? It is important that in making the liquid form that the flowers are inspected so that no seed are used in making the liquid or tea. The seeds of contain rotenone, a toxic substance which may cause adverse side effects if it is ingested. According to reports at the PAN Pesticides Database, ingesting rotenone might induce convulsions, diarrhea, abdominal cramps or vomiting.

Do no use mullein if you are pregnant or breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking mullein if you are pregnant or breast-feeding so stay on the safe side and avoid use.

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