Supplements and Surgery

If you are about to have surgery, you have most likely been instructed to discontinue all supplementation about 2 weeks prior to surgery. In many cases, this has to do with the blood thinning effects that a number of plant-based medicines possess. Herbs like ginkgo biloba, garlic, ginger, St. John’s wort, willow bark, clove, bromelain, turmeric, angelica root, arnica, anise, celery, horse chestnut, parsley, devils’ claw, dong quai, capsicum, danshen, chamomile, feverfew, passionflower, papain, red clover and ginseng all have some blood thinning effects. Even vitamin E should be used with caution prior to surgery, as should high consumption of green tea.

The blood thinning side effects of certain supplements are not the only reason for caution when talking pre- and post-surgery protocols. If anesthesia is being used, one needs to use caution with such herbs as kava kava and valerian. Continue reading “Supplements and Surgery”

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