Like all herbs, there are some precautions you should take before using oregon grape medicinally.
Oregon Grape Preparations and Dosage
Oregon grape is bitter, so to improve the taste of tea made from this herb, combine it with licorice, cinnamon, orange peels, or other flavorful roots and barks. Tea: Drink 3 to 6 cups at the onset of an infection, then reduce this amount as the infection improves. Capsules: Take 1 or 2 capsules, three to four times a day. Tincture: Take 1/2 teaspoon every few hours for an acute infection, decreasing the dosage as the symptoms abate.
Oregon Grape Precautions and Warnings
Because of its alkaloid content, you should avoid this herb during pregnancy. It is for short-term use only. Use it for two to six weeks only; then stop for several weeks, resuming if necessary.
Side Effects of Oregon Grape
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