A M M Y
W U, M. D.
Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Herbs that need to be reported before
- Chondroitin is often used to
treat osteoarthritis. People using chondroitin may
suffer from bleeding complications during surgery,
particularly when used in combination with
doctor-prescribed blood-thinning medications.
- Ephedra has been known to
promote weight loss, increase energy and treat
respiratory tract conditions such as asthma and
bronchitis. This agent has been banned by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it can
raise blood pressure, heart rate and metabolic rate,
ultimately causing heart attacks, heart arrhythmia,
stroke and even death.
- Echinacea is often used for the
prevention and treatment of viral, bacterial and
fungal infections, as well as chronic wounds, ulcers
and arthritis. However, it can trigger
immunosuppression, causing poor wound healing and
- Glucosamine, often offered in
conjunction with chondroitin, contains chemical
elements that mimic human insulin, and may
artificially cause hypoglycemia during surgery.
In addition to having a greater tendency toward
taking herbal supplements, 35 percent of plastic surgery patients were more
likely to engage in homeopathic practices, including acupuncture, hypnosis,
chiropractic manipulation, massage, yoga and Pilates. Only six percent of the
general population practiced homeopathics on a weekly basis. Thus...
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