Which herbal supplements should I avoid if I have kidney disease?

You should avoid all herbal supplements if you have kidney disease. Herbal supplements that are especially risky for people with any stage of kidney disease, who are on dialysis or who have a kidney transplant include:
  • Astragalus
  • Barberry
  • Cat's claw
  • Apium graveolens
  • Creatine
  • Goldenrod
  • Horsetail
  • Huperzinea
  • Java tea leaf
  • Licorice root
  • Nettle, stinging nettle
  • Oregon grape root
  • Parsley root
  • Pennyroyal
  • Ruta graveolens
  • Uva ursi
  • Yohimbe

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