Goldenseal has traditionally been used as an anti infective both systemically and topically although high quality studies of its efficacy and safety are lacking. Goldenseal hydrastis canadensis root contains berberine and other isoquinoline alkaloids.
Like the foods we eat and the medicines we take some of the constituents in herbs are excreted in breast milk and are therefore ingested by a nursing baby.
Goldenseal while nursing. Goldenseal is a plant native to north america. Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with goldenseal does not improve or if it gets worse while using this product. This emedtv segment offers a more in depth look at breastfeeding and goldenseal and further explains why this supplement may not be a good choice for nursing women.
Baby center notes that goldenseal may be toxic even when used in moderation. Goldenseal is an herb that comes from a plant with small flowers and fruit that resembles raspberries. While goldenseal is often packaged and marketed with echinacea it should be avoided while breastfeeding.
Goldenseal is considered likely unsafe to use if you are nursing a baby. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Goldenseal should not be given to a newborn baby because it may cause brain damage.
Some of the herbs on this list are included because they contain constituents that may be harmful to the mother or baby. I m curious of a few things. Overharvesting and loss of habitat have decreased the availability of wild goldenseal but the plant is now grown commercially in the united states especially in the blue ridge mountains.
Can i take goldenseal while breastfeeding. It has also been used to mask illicit drugs in the urine although it appears to be. Goldenseal is often promoted to mask illicit drugs in the urine but taking goldenseal by mouth does not seem to cause a false negative result on drug tests for amphetamines barbiturates.
Historically native americans used goldenseal for skin disorders ulcers fevers and other conditions. In general goldenseal is not considered to be safe for use while breastfeeding. There are other herbs to be avoid during breastfeeding because they are traditional antilactagogues used during.
Goldenseal has been used topically by nursing mothers to treat sore nipples 1 no data exist on the excretion of any components of goldenseal into breastmilk or on the safety and efficacy of goldenseal in nursing mothers. Hi susun i ve recently purchased an echinacea goldenseal supplement by gaia herbs and didn t see until after getting home that it is recommended to avoid consumption of goldenseal while nursing. Moreover little is known about the safety of goldenseal while breastfeeding.
As such it s recommended that women avoid taking this herbal supplement during pregnancy or while nursing 52. I have a 14 month old and he is breastfed on demand.