Friday, July 08, 2011

Fenugreek Dandelion Interaction

A reader named Tamara asked me if I knew of interactions between dandelion and fenugreek after noticing the fenugreek caused the dandelion to be less effective.

I found the following article that mentions possible problems when taking both herbs together:

"Dandelion and fenugreek are often used to treat the same conditions. Taking both could increase the effects, possibly in a dangerous way. Taking dandelion and fenugreek together could lead to excessive bleeding or cause blood sugar to drop to dangerous levels, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the National Library of Medicine."

You should also note:

"The National Library of Medicine cautions that people taking diabetes medications, diuretics, blood thinners, antibiotics especially Cipro, hormone-replacement drugs, blood-pressure medications and laxatives should avoid taking dandelion. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center warns that those taking blood thinners, diabetes medications and certain antidepressants should avoid taking fenugreek."