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MistletoeNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Mistletoe (Viscum album). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Not recommended for children, during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Warning 2 - Cancer: Cancer patients should consult with their doctors before consuming Mistletoe tea.
Warning 3 - Diabetes: Mistletoe Tea may interfere with the action of anti-diabetic medications.
Warning 4 - Diuretics: Mistletoe Tea can increase the activity of diuretics. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 5 - Hepatitis: Mistletoe tea may be toxic to the liver. Do not use Mistletoe tea if you have hepatitis as it may cause additional liver damage.
Warning 6 - MAO (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) antidepressants: Mistletoe may cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure and/or a lowering of blood potassium levels (hypokalemia). Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use if you use a MAO. Example: Nardil.
Warning 7 - NSAIDs: When combined with aspirin or other NSAIDs, Mistletoe may increase the risk of a toxic reaction. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Used as a natural health remedy: Mistletoe tea is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of MistletoeUsing Mistletoe tea may result in one or more of the following:
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
Common names of Mistletoe include European Mistletoe and Birdlime Mistletoe.
DIY: To prepare Mistletoe Tea
Step 2. Strain with cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to get all traces of the leaves out of your tea.
Step 3. Warm the tea but don't boil it before drinking and enjoy.
Alternative Recipe:If you have Mistletoe powder, put a heaped teaspoon of the powder to soak in 1/4 litre of cold water overnight. The next morning strain the solids from the tea, slightly warm and serve.
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