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Herbal Medical Contraindications

Herbal Medical Contraindications

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HERBAL/MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS
BY MICHAEL MOORE

Synergistic and Iatrogenic Potentials when some herbs are used concurrent with Medical Treatment or Medical Health Care

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BOTANICAL MEDICINE PO Box 4565. Bisbee, AZ 85603

HERBAL-MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS
by Michael Moore Synergistic and iatrogenic potentials when certain herbs are used concurrent with medical treatment or medical health care. THE REASON FOR THIS LIST: A list of side-effects written by a toxicologist or a pha
HERBAL/MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS
BY MICHAEL MOORE

Synergistic and Iatrogenic Potentials when some herbs are used concurrent with Medical Treatment or Medical Health Care

SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BOTANICAL MEDICINE PO Box 4565. Bisbee, AZ 85603

HERBAL-MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS
by Michael Moore Synergistic and iatrogenic potentials when certain herbs are used concurrent with medical treatment or medical health care. THE REASON FOR THIS LIST: A list of side-effects written by a toxicologist or a pha

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HERBAL/MEDICALCONTRAINDICATIONS
B MICHAEL MOORE
Synergistic and Iatrogenic Potentialswhen some herbs are usedconcurrent withMedical Treatment orMedical Health Care
SOUTHWEST SCHOOL OF BOTANICAL MEDICINE
PO Box 4565. Bisbee, AZ 85603
 
HERBAL-MEDICALCONTRAINDICATIONS
by Michael MooreSynergistic and iatrogenic potentials when certain herbs are usedconcurrent with medical treatment or medical health care.THE REASON FOR THIS LIST:
A list of side-effects written by a toxicologist or a pharmacognosistwill deal ONLY with potential problems that a particular constituentmay cause, and seldom treats a plant as a Gestalt.They don't understand HERBS.A list of side-effects written by most herbalists will deal with sideeffects from over-dosage or adulteration, and will seldom consider theimplications for drug or procedural medicine.They don't understand MEDICINE.I feel fairly secure in both worlds, so this list of potential synergies andcontraindications is meant to honor BOTH approaches. I am talkingstrictly to the working practitioner; these are PRACTICAL concerns,not theoretical ones.
THE FOCUS OF THIS LIST:
My intent in this list is to wed both approaches:A. What herbs may present overt drug reactions.B. What herbs may present synergistic effects to1. a person undergoing a particular metabolic stress2. a person undergoing drug therapiesC. What herbs have side-effects BUT that are frequently usedwithout adequate warnings, marketed with an anti-medical bias,or taken unwisely by those that feel NO herb can be harmfulbecause it is natural.
PHILOSOPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS:
If you are used to viewing biologically active agents as analogs todrugs, you need to suspend those standards when dealing with most
 
herb preparations. Some of these plants CAN be reduced to thepharmacology of specific constituents, and they are so noted. Themajority of potential reactions occur when an herb STIMULATESmetabolic processes that are already in an excited state. The usualmodels of drug toxicology will fail to predict such reactions; these areNOT, strictly speaking, drug reactions, but often predictable idiopathicsynergies. Predictable, that is, if you are willing to view most herbs asmulti-systemic wholistic medicines, offering a "profile" of effects thatcan help OR aggravate, depending on the PERSON using them.Herbs should be free of side effects within their therapeuticwindow and when used by a person whose constitution iscomplimented, not antagonized by the herbs. Whether or not youaccept any value to Botanical Medicine, this is Conventional Wisdomamongst herbalists. Side effects from herbs are unwanted, both byherbalists wishing to strengthen, not denigrate homeostasis, and byskeptics who doubt any value to herbs except from placebo oraccidental drug effects.On the other hand, a careful evaluation of potential drug therapystarts with the basic understanding that drugs HAVE side effects atthe proper dose, and the value must be weighed against the detriment.Most possible problems I have listed will only occur in potentiatedstates, and may be subtle enough to be ignored by Believers (Don't beso defensive!), magnified totally out of proportion by Skeptics (Don'tbe so judgmental!). We all tend to be too isolated in our peer groups,always preaching to our particular choir.Some physicians feel any self-treatment with biologically activeagents is dangerous. Many people consider this either professionalarrogance or the attempt to stifle competition. I have nearly alwaysobserved the attitude to derive from a very real concern; a physician'sbiochemical tools are drugs. By extension, docs may rightly presumethat any agent capable of promoting change probably has similarpotential for side effects. Carried to an irrational extreme, somemedical folks feel that anything WITHOUT potential side effects isquackery. This, of course, leaves any alternative approach in a Catch-22 bind.There is little intrinsic danger in using herbs, since few have thepotential for DRUG side effects. The side effects are usually

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