Report on Rue Side Effects and Usage


Natural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Rue (Ruta). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.

Warning 1 – Contraindications: Rue has been called an abortifacient, or substance that induces the premature expulsion of the fetus and should not be used durring pregnancy.

Warning 2 – Antihypertensives: Rue may cause an increase in vasodilation, do not use concurrently.

Warning 3 – Cardiac gylcosides: May cause an increase in inotropic effects (alters the strength of the heartbeat). Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.

Warning 4 – Sunburn: Applying rue to sunburned skin can cause blistering. Some people are much more sensitive than others.

Used as a natural health remedy: Rue is used internally for relief of:

  • sore eyes
  • eyestrain
  • flatulence
  • gout
  • menstrual cramps
  • muscle spasms
  • sciatica
  • rheumatic pain

Rue oil is used externally for treating hemorrhoid pain.

Side Effects of Rue

The side effects associated with Rue are rare. However, when more than 4 grams daily are used this herb may cause:

  1. belching, gas
  2. heartburn
  3. irritation of the mouth
  4. stomach upset (Gastrointestinal)

Other side effects may also occur when using Rue. (See form below)

Rue is also known as Common Rue, Countryman’s-treacle, Garden Rue, German Rue, and Herb-of-grace.

As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.

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