Herb of the Week: Chamomile

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Herb of the Week: Chamomile
Fri, 08-20-2010 - 3:56pm

Chamomile traditionally has been used for gastrointestinal problems. Anecdotally & my own personal experience indicates it is useful for anxiety & insomnia. I use it in tea form either alone or w/other herbs added.
Are there any side effects or interactions?

Though rare, allergic reactions to chamomile have been reported. These reactions have included bronchial constriction with internal use and allergic skin reactions with topical use. While reports of such side effects are uncommon, people with allergies to plants of the Asteraceae family (ragweed, aster, and chrysanthemums), as well as mugwort pollen should avoid using chamomile. Chamomile is usually considered to be safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding. However, there is one case report in which a pregnant woman who took chamomile as an enema had an allergic reaction that led to the death of her newborn.

Are there any drug interactions?

Certain medicines may interact with chamomile. Refer to drug interactions for a list of those medicines. Read more from the iVillage Look It Up feature: http://www.ivillage.com/chamomile-0/botanical-names/94224




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