Biological name (genus and species):
- Achillea millefolium
Parts used for medicinal purposes:
Chemicals this herb contains:
- Achilleic acid
- Volatile oils
- Reduces blood-clotting time.
- Interferes with absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally.
UNPROVED SPECULATED BENEFITS
- Acts as a mild sedative to cause drowsiness.
- Treats amenorrhea.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- None expected if you are under 45, not pregnant, basically healthy, take it for only a short time and do not exceed manufacturer’s recommended dosage.
- Keep cool and dry, but don’t freeze. Store safely away from children.
- At present no “safe” dosage has been established.
- Generally regarded as safe when taken in appropriate quantities for short periods of time.
ADVERSE REACTIONS, SIDE EFFECTS OR OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS
- None expected
From the Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals & Supplements by H. Winter Griffith, M.D. © 1988 by Fisher Books; electronic rights by Medical Data Exchange