Herbal Supplements & Surgery

 

Herbals, Supplements and Over-the-Counter Medicines to Avoid Before Surgery

Blood Thinners

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Ginko Biloba
  • Cayenne
  • Bilberry
  • Vitamin E (over 400IU)
  • Fish Oil
  • Flax Seed Oil
  • Feverfew
  • Fucus
  • Ginseng
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Horseradish
  • Licorice
  • Meadowsweet
  • Black Cohosh
  • Clove
  • Danshen
  • Dong Quai
  • Fenugreek
  • Northern Prickly Ash
  • Onion
  • Papian
  • Passion Flower
  • Pau D’arco
  • Poplar
  • Quassia
  • Red Clover
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Safflower
  • Southern Prickly Ash
  • Sweet Clover
  • Sweet Vernal Grass
  • Tonka Bean
  • Turmericx (tumeric)
  • Wild Carrot
  • Wild Lettuce
  • Willow Bark

Can Cause High Blood Pressure and Irregular Heartbeats

  • Ginseng
  • MaHuang
  • Ephedra

Effect Sedatives and Anesthetics

  • Kava Kava
  • Valerian
  • Yohimbe
  • Licorice Root
  • Melatonin
  • St. John’s Wort

Also note that many of these can be spices and ingredients in foods we eat. Be careful not to have too much of them in your regular diet.

 

Pre and Post Operative Herbals, Supplements and Over-the-Counter Medicines that are Allowable

Pre-Operative: Start a minimum of 2 weeks prior

  • Multivitamin
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Note: AVOID (all herbals on “avoid” list and)
  • Vitamin E
  • Aspirin-containing medicines

Post-Operative: Start Immediately

  • CoQ10
  • Glutamine
  • Arginine
  • Vitamin C 500 mg
  • Glucosamine
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin E
  • Multivitamin