Last update: July 2, 2015

Equisetum hyemale

High Risk for breastfeeding


Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully.
Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding several T½.
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On latest update no relevant published data on breastfeeding were found.

Side effects and toxicity have not been tested, therefore its use would be preferably avoided or as much use it infrequently.

Topical use is compatible with breastfeeding whenever it not used on the nipple.

Stems of horsetail are used. It contains mineral salts (Sílicium, Potassium), flavonoids and steroids.

Unproven effects are: diuretic, wound healing for burning injuries.

Prolonged or abusive use may produce gastritis, vomiting, sea-sickness or stupor.

May be confused with Equisetum palustre which is toxic due to that it contains Thiaminase and be cause of severe Vitamin B1 deficiency.

A case possibly related to the appearance of Autism after the prolonged use in pregnancy has been described.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Equisetum hyemale.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Other names

Equisetum hyemale is Horsetail in Latin, botanical name.

Is written in other languages:

Equisetum hyemale is also known as

Groups

Equisetum hyemale belongs to these groups or families:

Tradenames

Main tradenames from several countries containing Equisetum hyemale in its composition:

References

  1. Ortega García JA, Angulo MG, Sobrino-Najul EJ, Soldin OP, Mira AP, Martínez-Salcedo E, Claudio L. Prenatal exposure of a girl with autism spectrum disorder to 'horsetail' (Equisetum arvense) herbal remedy and alcohol: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2011 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. WHO. World Health Organization. WHO monographs on medicinal plants commonly used in the Newly Independent States (NIS). WHO monographs. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
  3. EMA-HMPC. Community herbal monograph on Equisetum arvense L, Herba. London: EMA. Doc. Ref. EMEA/HMPC/394894/2007. 2008 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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