20 Chinese Herbs strictly prohibited during pregnancy

Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy is something many women use. But certain remedies are strictly prohibited while pregnant. They can affect the pregnancy in different ways, depending on their chemical composition. Even some popular teas that may seem harmless are not allowed during pregnancy.

Strictly prohibited Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy

The following Chinese herbs are prohibited for pregnant women because they are toxic for the developing foetus. Some of them can also stimulate uterine contractions. Thus, using these herbs could potentially cause a miscarriage. Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy should not have toxin elimination properties. That is why detoxing is never recommended while pregnant.

  • Ban Mao, also knowns as Cantharides or Mylabris – associated with cold temperature, this remedy is usually used for toxin cleansing
  • Xiong Huang, also known as Realgar – is used for elimination of intestinal tract parasites
  • Wu Gong or Centipede –  used for headaches and to get rid of toxins
  • Ma Qian Zi or Nux Vomica seeds – used for trauma, ulcer, as a pain reliever and to reduce swelling
  • Chan Su or Secretio Bufonis – used to expel toxins and prevent edema
  • Chuan Wu or Monkshood Mother Root – used for pain relief and prevents dampness and cold
  • Cao Wu or Kusnezoff Monkshood Root – also used to disperse cold and as a pain reliever
  • Li Lu, known as Falsehellebore Root – is used to eliminate parasites.


Find out what other Chinese herbs are prohibited during pregnancy on the next page…