Lovage

How does Lovage work?

The chemicals in lovage might increase water loss through urination, decrease spasms, and help fight infections.

Are there safety concerns?

Lovage is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people. It might increase sensitivity to the sun, especially with long-term use. This might put you at greater risk for rashes from the sun, sunburns, and skin cancer. Wear sunblock and protective clothing outside, especially if you are light-skinned.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Lovage is LIKELY UNSAFE during pregnancy. There are some reports that it might cause the uterus to contract or start the menstrual period. This could cause a miscarriage.

Not enough is known about the safety of using lovage during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Fluid retention (edema): Don't try "irrigation therapy," which is the use of a mild diuretic such as lovage with lots of fluids to increase urine flow, if you retain fluid because of heart disease or kidney disease.

High blood pressure: There is a concern that lovage might increase the amount of sodium in the body, and that might increase blood pressure.

Kidney problems: Do not use lovage if you have inflamed or painful kidneys or damaged kidney function.


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