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Yellow Lady’s Slipper

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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Cypripedium pubescens

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Roots

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Resin
  • Tannins
  • Volatile acid
  • Volatile oils

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Irritates mucous membranes.
  • Stimulates gastrointestinal tract.
  • Increases perspiration.

Miscellaneous information:

  • Hairs on stems and leaves irritate body when touched. May produce skin eruption similar to poison ivy.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Acts as a sedative to treat anxiety or restlessness.
  • Increases perspiration.
  • Aids in expelling gas from intestinal tract.
  • Relieves spasm in skeletal smooth or smooth muscle.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Don’t take if you:

  • Are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future.
  • Have any chronic disease of the gastrointestinal tract, such as stomach or duodenal ulcers, esophageal reflux (reflux esophagitis), ulcerative colitis, spastic colitis, diverticulosis, diverticulitis.

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:

  • Problems in pregnant women taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don’t use unless prescribed by your doctor.

Breast-feeding:

  • Problems in breast-fed infants of lactating mothers taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don’t use unless prescribed by your doctor.

Infants and children:

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

Others:

  • None expected if you are beyond childhood and under 45, basically healthy and take for only a short time.

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

Rated relatively safe when taken in appropriate quantities for short periods of time.

  • 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:
Drowsiness Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Nausea Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Vomiting Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.

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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