Are there any herbs believed to be unsafe for rheumatoid arthritis?
- • Carcinogens —borage, calamus, coltsfoot, comfrey, life root, sassafras.
- • Hepatotoxicity —chaparral, germander, life root, skullcap, Jin Bu Huan, comfrey, kava kava.
- • Other —licorice (electrolyte imbalance), Ma Huang (hypertension, strokes, seizures), borage seed oil (seizures).
Pearl: Stop all herbs for at least 24 hours prior to surgery since many have an anticoagulant effect.