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I am currently pregnant and have been seeking information of herbs that are safe to use during pregnancy. This information you find is dizzying.
I suffer from: Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Blood clotting disorder, Diabetic Type II, Hypertension and a host of other ailments.
Right now I depend on a heating pad, meditation, very few medications from the doc, and my own experimentation.
I'd say willow bark, but that is how they make aspirin and anyone who's taken pain medication throughout his/her life would most likely need to eat the tree to get the effects.
I believe devil's claw is also for pain, but I don't know anything else about it or if you can take it pregnant.
Thank you. I did a little checking into Devil's Claw. It is a good option to try but, sadly not one I can use during pregnancy. Looks like a fantastic herb for my arthritis and bouts of gout.
http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/s... Arthritis Foundation
Willow bark is something I use for minor days as a tea. Though I cannot use it during pregnancy either because of the blood thinning properties it possesses. So far it seems I am down to eating Ghost Chilis and curry.
Well, I was going to suggest curcumin (an extract from the herb tumeric), but just read that it's not recommended for pregnant or breast-feeding women, and that it can lower your blood sugar (you mentioned having diabetes).
Anyway, it's an anti-inflammatory that I use off and on and I find it helpful. It's not a miracle cure and doesn't get you loopy like a muscle relaxer might, but it's a nice alternative to store-brand NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories). I take lithium, and I cannot safely take NSAIDS while on lithium because it can lead to liver toxicity. The curcumin does me just fine.
If you're interested in taking it after your pregnancy/breast-feeding is over, I'd talk it over with your physician given that it has the potential to lower your blood sugar.