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14 July 2009

Cut out herbs under the knife

Some herbal supplements – from the popular St. John's Wort and ginkgo biloba to garlic, ginger, ginseng and feverfew – can cause increased bleeding during surgery.

Some herbal supplements – from the popular St. John's Wort and ginkgo biloba to garlic, ginger, ginseng and feverfew – can cause increased bleeding during surgery. It may also slow recovery after the operation, warn surgeons.

Take action: It may be wise to stop taking all medication, including herbal supplements, at least two weeks before surgery, and inform your surgeon about your herbal use.

 

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