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Yerba Santa

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BASIC INFORMATION

Biological name (genus and species):

  • Eriodictyon californicum

Parts used for medicinal purposes:

  • Leaves

Chemicals this herb contains:

  • Formic acid
  • Pentatriacontane eriodicytyol
  • Resin
  • Tannic acid
  • Tannins

KNOWN EFFECTS

  • Masks taste of bitter medicines.
  • Decreases thickness and increases fluidity of mucus from lungs and bronchial tubes.
  • Interferes with absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally.

UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS

  • Treats hay fever and other nasal allergies.
  • Treats hemorrhoids.

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

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:
Diarrhea Discontinue. Call doctor
immediately.
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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