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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
First of all, I would like to applaud you on the fact
that you are opposed to abortion and therefore refuse to
recommend any herbs for that purpose. Secondly, I would
like your advice, if possible. I was diagnosed with
Gitelman Syndrome,"a rare inherited defect in the distal
convoluted tubule of the kidneys. It causes the kidneys
to pass sodium, magnesium, chloride, and potassium into
the urine, rather than allowing it to be reabsorbed into
the bloodstream." My nephrologist put me on Potassium
Chloride supplements, as well as Spironolactone. Would
you be able to recommend any natural, potassium-sparing
diuretics to replace the Spironolactone?
First, allow me to say that I am not opposed to
abortion, but you are quite right when you say I will
not recommend any herbs to be used for that purpose. I
am very open-minded on that subject and generally I
reserve my opinions to case by case.
The problem that you are faced with is that herbal
preparations with diuretic effects should be strictly
avoided by people taking prescription diuretics, as the
herbs may intensify the effects of the prescription
drugs and lead to various cardiovascular side effects.
Hawthorn berry, Yarrow and Yerba mate have been used for
the purposes you seek, but I would encourage and suggest
that you consult with your physician and with a local
practitioner who can monitor your progress before
beginning any new form of therapy.
Are there any herbs that you reccomend for abortion?
ANSWER: No. I wish I could give you a better
answer but the herbs that are strong enough to cause an
abortion are strong enough to cause serious problems.
The safest way to handle unwanted pregnancy is in a
clinical setting where the risk of infection and other
complications are handled with competency and
ANSWERS FROM LORYHL:
QUESTION: As a student
here in Philippines, I am undertaking investigative
report as one of our requirements in our subject
Journalism 103. In line with this, I request to grant
us a permission to get your opinion about regarding my
topic which is about the herbal medicines are suspect as
an abortifacients which means substance that induce
abortion. What can you say about some of the herbal
medicines which helps for abortion.
In this connection, I assure you that all information
concerning this matter shall be handled with utmost care
and confidentiality that in return I would to expect
from you. I do realize that your kind consideration
would help us to put more substance on our chosen area
I do not study the abortion herbs, although I have come
across them. If you want to do this study, I suggest you
look it up on Wikipedia, or talk to a local Elder, who
has knowledge of herbal folklore in your area, I am a
believer in saving the life of the fetus, unless the
mother is at risk, so I do not promote the use of those
herbs as a form of birth control.
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
QUESTION: I’m currently in my 23 wk of pregnancy
and I don’t want this child. I found
out I was pregnant late and I want to use an herbal
remedy to kill the fetus. I don’t mind going to the
hospital to have it removed. Can you help me at all?
ANSWER: No, I'm sorry. That's against my
Christian beliefs and ethics. If you want to kill your
baby, there are lots of other avenues available to you.
I am pregnant right now and seek to use herbal methods
to abort the fetus. It has been approx. 13 weeks since
my last normal period and 11 weeks since the date of
conception. What type of herbs would you most recommend
for abortion, and what are the risks that are involved?
I appreciate any feedback. Thank you for your time.
ANSWER: I've answered
this question before on the site, but I'll restate my
position. I cannot legally or ethically recommend herbs
for aborting your baby. It goes against my personal
belief system. Not only that, it is very dangerous. If
you are bent on doing this, there are plenty of legal,
medical alternatives available to you. Sorry.
Can you tell me anything about safe herbs to use
for an herbal abortion? Or direct me to someone who
and will not participate in anything like that. Besides
being unethical for me and against my principals, it
could be very dangerous for you. My suggestion is that
you seek professional guidance. Look in your yellow
pages under crisis pregnancy.
ANSWERS FROM DAVID
QUESTION: Is there a safe herbal preparation I could use in order to terminate
ANSWER: I would not use herbs for this purpose. I feel it would be inappropriate, I am sorry.
If you have read certain herbs have been used for this purpose that is correct; the problem involved is there is a short window of opportunity to use them. And, heavy doses are used which could harm you and the herbs involved will definitely harm the fetus and would have to be followed up by a formal abortion method if not successful in the first month because they are Teratogenic and Mutagenic.
I am not being judgmental simply answering your question, the choice as to abortion or life is yours alone.