Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Yellow Cedar

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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Thuja occidentalis

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Leaves

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Fenchone
  • Pinipirin
  • Tannins
  • Thujetic acid
  • Thujone
  • Volatile oils

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Stimulates central nervous system.
  • Stimulates heart muscle to contract more efficiently.
  • Destroys intestinal worms.
  • Causes uterine contractions.
  • Interferes with absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally.

Miscellaneous information:

  • Yellow cedar has caused deaths when it was misused to cause abortions.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Relieves muscular aches and pains.
  • Treats warts.
  • Causes abortions (miscarriages).

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Don’t take if you:

  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.

Consult your doctor if you:

  • Take this herb for any medical problem that doesn’t improve in 2 weeks. There may be safer, more-effective treatments.
  • Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.

Pregnancy:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Breast-feeding:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Infants and children:

  • Treating infants and children under 2 with any herbal preparation is hazardous.

Others:

  • Dangers outweigh any possible benefits. Don’t use.

Storage:

  • Keep cool and dry, but don’t freeze. Store safely away from children.

Safe dosage:

  • At present no “safe” dosage has been established.

TOXICITY

Comparative-toxicity rating not available from standard references.

  • For symptoms of toxicity: See ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS section below.

ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS

Signs and symptoms: What to do:
Abortion Seek emergency treatment.
Coma Seek emergency treatment.
Convulsions Seek emergency treatment.
Precipitous blood-pressure Seek emergency treatment.
drop–symptoms include,
faintness, cold sweat,
paleness, rapid pulse

From the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1988 by Fisher Books; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange

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