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Onhealthmeup.com - Herbal teas are becoming very popular, and are widely available. However, are these teas right for everyone? Most are safe for healthy adults. However, if you have any medical conditions, it would be wise to choose your tea with caution because of the side effects. Here is a sample of the problem.

Depression: Any tea that contains caffeine should be avoided if you are being treated for depression. Teas with chamomile, passionflower, lavender and/or jasmine could interact with medications for depression, anxiety, and stress. If you have bipolar, these teas could make the condition worse. Those taking antidepressants should avoid St. John's Wort because it could boost the effectiveness of the antidepressant.

Diabetes: Teas that contain sugar should be avoided, including natural sugars such as found in licorice. Herbs that change sugar levels can also be a problem. Cinnamon and aloe vera are good examples of ingredients that can change blood sugar.

Gout: Herbs that have diuretic properties could cause flare-ups for those who suffer from gout. While most manufacturers don't use parsley and dandelion in their products, it's a good idea to check to make sure your favorite brand doesn't contain one.

Heart Disease: Some popular ingredients in herbal teas can dramatically effect those taking medications for cardiovascular disease. As an example, rosemary and licorice both raise blood pressure. St. John's Wort interacts with many medications for heart disease and chamomile may act as a blood thinner. Before purchasing any herbal products, you should speak to your pharmacist to make sure the ingredients are safe for you.

Kidney Disease: Aloe, juniper berries, licorice, and sassafras can harm the kidneys. Senna is also a problem and is usually found in teas that act as laxatives.

Laxatives: Aside from the problems herbal laxatives cause, there is one major interaction to watch out for. Taking licorice with any laxative, whether pill, bulk fiber or tea, can cause a serious drop in potassium levels. If you need to use a laxative, make sure you avoid any herbal tea using licorice.

Pain Relief: There are two types of pain reliever to think about. Over the counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can interact with willow bark and feverfew. That's because they contain an ingredient found in aspirin. Prescription painkillers containing narcotics or synthetic narcotics can interact with any herb that causes drowsiness. These include chamomile, lavender, passionflower, jasmine, kava, and St. John's Wort.

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