Doctors warn that herbs may interfere with anesthesia
October 15, 1999
(1506 GMT) DALLAS (AP) -- Some popular herbal remedies -- including gingko biloba, ginseng and St. John's wort -- may prove dangerous if taken before surgery, according to doctors.
Researchers believe some of the most common herbal products might prolong the sedative effect of anesthesia, increase bleeding during surgery and cause fluctuations in blood pressure.
Patients should tell their surgeons about all herbal products they use, along with prescriptions and over-the-counter remedies, to avoid dangerous interactions, said Dr. Charles McLeskey, an anesthesiologist at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple.