Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Yerba Mate

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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Ilex paraguariensis St. Hill

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Leaves

Chemical this herb contains:

  • Caffeine

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Stimulates central nervous system.
  • Helps body dispose of excess fluid by increasing amount of urine produced.
  • Causes hallucinations.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Is used as a laxative.
  • Increases perspiration.

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:

  • 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:

  • None expected if you are beyond childhood and under 45, not pregnant, 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:
Confusion Seek emergency treatment.
Excessive urination Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Hallucinations Seek emergency treatment.
Heartburn Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Insomnia Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Irritability Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Nausea Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
Nervousness Discontinue. Call doctor
when convenient.
Rapid heartbeat Seek emergency treatment.

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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