As an acupuncturist specializing in fertility I interact with many women who are trying to conceive or are pregnant. A very frequent question I get asked is what herbs or supplements they can safely take when they come down with a cold. Here at the Acupuncture Center of New Jersey we have a complete herbal pharmacy consisting mostly of Chinese herbal formulas and other herbal or nutraceutical products for a wide range of conditions. We are very careful of recommending these products to our female patients who are pregnant or trying to conceive. Many are safe to take within normal dosage range but some are best to avoid. So I made a short list of herbs that are available here or easily accessed from a local health food store and ones that are known to be safe during pregnancy.
Echinacea - great to decrease the length of the common cold along with help heal infections such as; sinusitis, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, and ear infections. Applied topically thus powerful herb has benefits to treat hemorrhoids during pregnancy.
Elderberry – helps to boost the immune system. It is effective in fighting colds, the flu, and allergies. When used during the initial onset of symptoms, it can decrease the duration of the common cold and flu.
Astragals root - wonderful to have on hand during pregnancy because it has many uses. Not only is it good to increase immunity but has benefits to relieve constipation. Another benefit from using Astragulus, it increases energy and reduces fatigue.
Ginger - most commonly known to ease an upset stomach along with nausea during pregnancy. It can also soothe sore throats and clear sinuses.
As with all medications and supplements, it advisable to always consult with your doctor when adding new dietary supplements when pregnant. Contact me for any concerns or questions.
Punita Jhangiani, L. Ac., ABORM
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