Iodine/Iodide: Herbals To Avoid
My interests in iodine supplementation came about when I started to read more about Lyme infections. Iodine can be helpful as a supplement for many ailments and microbial infections.
What I learned, however, is that iodine shouldn’t be taken with herbs that contain alkaloids or Homeopathic metallic salts. I found this tidbit of information in an old medical book published in 1917, “Materia Medica Dr. Potter". Here’s what is said about iodine/iodides:
Iodine and the soluble iodides are incompatible with the alkaloids and substances containing them, also with most metallic salts.
Potassium Iodide decomposes most of the metallic salts, and is one of those drugs which are best administered alone.
The substance of alkaloids in herbs are hard to classify in a group, but they are generally in anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents. Alkaloids act on the liver, the nervous system, lungs, and digestive system. These herbs have a bitter taste and may be slightly alkalizing. Herbs containing alkaloids would be gentian, barberry, goldenseal, oregon grape root, comfrey, motherwort, valerian, ephedra, lobelia, coltsfoot, borage, yarrow, wood betony, sqawvine, muira-puama, celadine, blue cohosh, capsicum, and bloodroot.
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