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Unread 01-18-2002, 03:30 PM
I found the thread

Herbs that affect surgery and when to stop them--report on an article in JAMA (posted by Trish 7/11/2001)

The Journal of the American Medical Association just came out with a report of the risks of herbal medicine while undergoing surgery. They warn that you have to tell your doctors about exactly what you are taking.

In particular, this study looked at echinacea, ephedra (also known as ma huang), garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St. John's wort, and valerian.

Echinacea may cause problems with immunity. No data on when to stop taking it

Ephedra increases heart problems and stroke. Stop at least 24 hours before surgery.

Garlic increases blood loss. Stop 7 days before surgery

Ginkgo increases blood loss. Stop at least 36 hours before surgery

Ginseng increases blood loss, low blood sugar. Stop at least 7 days before surgery.

Kava increases the effect of anesthesia unpredictably. Stop at least 24 hours before surgery

St. John's wort increases the effect of anesthesia and interferes with many/most other drugs. Stop at least 5 days before surgery.

Valerian increases the effect of anesthesia unpredictably and causes withdrawal symptoms. No data on when to stop.
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Unread 01-18-2002, 04:23 PM
Thanks Mary Lou

Thanks for doing that! I used to take Kava a LONG time ago, but fortunately, I take none of that stuff listed. ... I was trying to see if green tea was okay, but then realized it's not even in the herb family. I've been taking it, along with tons of vit. C, to keep from getting sick again. Supposedly green tea has antioxidants in it which are supposed to be good for cell upkeep and repair. I'm assuming it's safe......
Unread 01-19-2002, 08:46 AM
Sigh - I was afraid of that...

I've tried green tea, but I really really really hate the stuff (and all tea in general). However, my dh swears by it. Whenever he thinks he may feel something coming on he starts drinking green tea and usually stays healthy.
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Unread 01-19-2002, 08:58 AM
Sigh - I was afraid of that...

It definitely ain't my coffee... But I figure it's worth it if it'll keep me from getting another cold. I've had 3 in the past 6 weeks.... blech .... Makes me feel better knowing it works for your dh.

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