The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has banned the use of all herbal medicines during pregnancy because of the possible risk of toxic effects on the developing fetus.
The AAP’s statement came as doctors, including pediatricians, began to warn that herbal medicines could be dangerous to the developing baby.
A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that herbal medicine, including the tea, is less toxic to the fetus than traditional pharmaceuticals, and that it is safe for pregnant women to use it.
However, the AAP’s decision to ban the use, or to require its approval for use, of the herbal medicines was controversial, and not without cause.
The AAP did not make any recommendation to the public, and many doctors were skeptical of the findings.
The herbal products are called salvia divinorum, the name given to the plant’s hallucinogenic properties.
In ancient Greece, salvia was said to be a powerful remedy for insomnia, headaches, depression and a host of other ailments.
The salvia herb is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has also expressed concerns about the use and safety of salvia.ACOG’s medical committee on clinical guidelines in medicine published a report in 2016 that suggested the use be restricted to pregnant women with no history of serious or unexpected complications.
In addition, the committee said that salvia can have adverse effects on fetal development, especially during the third trimester, which can cause low birth weight.
The committee also noted that there was limited research on the safety of pregnant women using salvia products during pregnancy.
The latest study, published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, was the first to examine whether the herbal products were safe for a pregnant woman to use while breastfeeding.
Researchers used an in-vitro fertilization technique called in vitro fertilization (IVF) to induce fertilization in rabbits using either salvia or the herbal remedies.
They then used the fertilized eggs to create healthy human embryos.
In addition, scientists looked at the effects of salvinorin A (SABA), a naturally occurring compound found in salvia, on the development of the developing embryos.
In both experiments, the SABA was administered before fertilization to stimulate a maternal immune response.
After two weeks of pregnancy, the babies of the women who used salvia were born healthy, with healthy lungs, hearts and kidneys.
The researchers noted that salvinorum was less toxic than a standard dose of aspirin.AAP officials declined to comment on the study.
Salvia is also known as the plant of love, and its uses include:The American Chemical Society (ACS) has issued a statement stating that the use or misuse of salve products is “not supported by the science and has no medical value”.
The group also warned that the salve-containing products are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and that the products may cause side effects including headaches, nausea, and vomiting.
The AP reported that the FDA has received more than 20,000 public comments on the proposal to ban salvia-containing preparations for pregnancy.
According to the American Association for Cancer Research, the safety and effectiveness of salviarin preparations is currently being studied by the FDA.
However the FDA said it is not conducting studies to confirm or refute any claims made in the studies, and has not yet received any evidence to support the safety or efficacy of the products.
The Australian Government’s Australian Health and Medical Research Council has also said that there is no scientific evidence that salviars or other herbal preparations are safe during pregnancy, and are therefore not recommended for use.
A spokesperson for the government said: “We support the right of Australians to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to use any of these herbal preparations.”
There is currently no evidence that any salviaria products are safe or effective for use during pregnancy and no safety recommendations have been issued by the health authorities of the Commonwealth, the States or territories.