20 Chinese Herbs strictly prohibited during pregnancy

  • Dan Fan or Chalcanthitum – gets rid of toxins and dampness; may lead to vomiting
  • Gua Di or Common Melon Peduncle – may induce vomiting; clear damp-heat
  • Ba Dou or Croton seed – used for constipation and edema
  • Gan Sui root – used for edema and nodules
  • Da Ji, also known as Japanese Thistle or Cirsium – used for patients with blood in urine; reduces bleeding, but is also used for jaundice and hypertension
  • Yuan Hua or Lilac Daphne flower – used to eliminate parasites, to calm cough or for skin infection
  • Qian Niu Zi or Morning Glory seed – it is a purgative that also gets rid of parasites.
  • Shang Lu or Pokeberry root – is a strong purgative, good for edema and parasite elimination
  • She Xiang or Musk – can promote delivery, blood circulation and treat nodules
  • Shui Zhi or Leech – used for blood cleansing
  • Meng Chong, also known as Gadfly Female – promotes blood circulation
  • San Leng or Burreed Rhizome – promotes blood circulation and reduces pain
  • E Zhu or Zedoary Root – also relieves pain and cleanses the blood

These are the Chinese remedies strictly prohibited during pregnancy. However, there are also many other remedies that must be used with caution while pregnant. As a rule of thumb, Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy should not have purgative properties. Purgatives can also produce uterine contractions, something you need to avoid until labour.

Are there Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy that are safe?

Some Chinese herbs and remedies can definitely be used by pregnant women. But when using Chinese herbal medicine for pregnancy, it is best to seek the advice of a TCM practitioner.

Remedies like Ginger root are used by many pregnant women to alleviate morning sickness. And it is considered completely safe. However, large quantities of any herb may potentially cause problems.