May 4, 2016

Indian Snakeroot

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How does Indian Snakeroot work?

Indian snakeroot contains chemicals such as reserpine that decrease heart rate and blood pressure.

Are there safety concerns?

Indian snakeroot is POSSIBLY SAFE when a standardized extract is used under the supervision of a healthcare professional trained in its use. Standardized Indian snakeroot contains a set amount of medicine. The amount of reserpine and other chemicals in Indian snakeroot can vary from plant to plant. Since the reserpine and other chemicals in Indian snakeroot can be very toxic, the dose must be accurate and the side effects monitored by a trained healthcare professional. Side effects can range from mild to serious and include nasal congestion, stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, drowsiness, convulsions, Parkinson's-like symptoms, and coma. Indian snakeroot can slow reaction times and should not be used when driving or operating heavy machinery.

Self-medication is UNSAFE.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's UNSAFE to use Indian snakeroot during pregnancy. The chemicals in Indian snakeroot might cause birth defects. It is also UNSAFE to use this Indian snakeroot during breast-feeding. The chemicals it contains can pass into breast milk and might harm a nursing infant.

Shock therapy (electroconvulsive therapy, ECT): Indian snakeroot should not be used by people who are receiving ECT. Stop taking Indian snakeroot at least one week before beginning ECT.

Gall stones: Indian snakeroot might make gallbladder disease worse.

Stomach ulcers, intestinal ulcers, or ulcerative colitis: Don't use Indian snakeroot if you have ever had one of these conditions.

Allergy to reserpine or similar medicines known as rauwolfia alkaloids: Don't take Indian snakeroot if you are allergic to these medicines.

Depression: Don't take Indian snakeroot if you have depression or suicidal tendencies.

A tumor in the adrenal glands which causes dangerously high blood pressure (pheochromocytoma): Don't use Indian snakeroot if you have this condition.

Surgery: Indian snakeroot might speed up the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might interfere with surgical procedures by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Stop using Indian snakeroot at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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