Chinese Herbs have countless health benefits and have been used for over 2,500 years. These herbs treat a diverse variety of health problems and also keep the body balanced and healthy as a whole. Many people prefer natural and holistic remedies to conventional ones because there are little to no detrimental side effects. Due to the nature of some herbs and how they react with certain hormones in the body, there are some herbs that pregnant women should avoid.
Despite the fact that herbal supplements such as, Dong Quai and Red Clover have amazing benefits for fertility, it does not necessarily mean that they are safe to be taken during pregnancy. Many naturopathic, holistic doctors, nutritionists and herbalists have differing opinions on the matter. While there is no concrete evidence that these herbs directly cause complications during pregnancy, there is still valid concern that it is not safe and women should always seek guidance from an experienced herbalist before taking any herbs during pregnancy.
When thinking about post-partum health and breastfeeding the concern for the consumption of herbs still exists. While Chinese herbs are natural and may have a positive effect on your body, they have potential to cause harm for your newborn. Babies’ organs are immature and not developed to the point where they can easily metabolize an herb the same way that an adult's body would. While there are some herbs that are considered safe for breastfeeding moms, you should check with a medical professional first.
All in all, it is best to familiarize yourself with any herbs you are curious about and speak with your doctor before taking any action. Always remember that everybody is different and what works for one person, may not work for another. For more information and to reference a list of Chinese herbs that are safe to use while breastfeeding, click here.