Last update Aug. 17, 2019
Herbaceous plant from cold regions of the northern hemisphere. Its rhizome and root is used medicinally. It is also used as food for humans and animals.
It contains as active ingredients rosarins (phenylpropanoids), derivatives of phenylethanol (salidroside or rodioloside and tyrosol), flavonoids (rhodionin, rhodiosin, acetylrodalgin and tricin) and monoterpenes.
Properties which are traditionally attributed to it: helps treat fatigue, antidepressant, anxiolytic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulator, none of which have been scientifically proven with studies of good methodological quality (Amsterdam 2016, Recio 2016, Mao 2015, Shanely 2014, Yu 2014, Punja 2014, Chiu 2014).
Since the last update we have not found published data in relation to breastfeeding.
It could have estrogenic effects (Gerbarg 2016, Powers 2015).
Although apparently devoid of toxicity, there are very few publications on this plant and no proven positive effect on health, so its consumption is completely non-essential, especially during breastfeeding.
Moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding.
Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusion of one plant with another with toxic properties, poisonings from heavy metals that are extracted from the soil and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi (Anderson 2017).
2. Do not take too much; follow recommendations from experienced phytotherapy professionals. "Natural" products are not good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which a large part of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can cause intoxication or act as endocrine disruptors (they contain phytoestrogens: Powers 2015) if they are taken in exaggerated quantities or over extended time periods.
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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