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Ivy Leaf
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Ivy Leaf Side Effects and Warnings

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Safety Issues

Fairly extensive monitoring indicates that ivy leaf rarely causes any noticeable side effects. 1 Nausea and vomiting are possible with excessive doses, or in very susceptible people. Ivy leaf is not recommended during pregnancy due to its emetine content. 2 Safety in pregnant or nursing women, young children, or people with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.


  1. Hecker M, Runkel F, Voelp A. Treatment of chronic bronchitis with ivy leaf special extract—multicenter post-marketing surveillance study in 1,350 patients [in German]. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd. 2002;9:77–84.
  2. Brinker F. Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions , 2nd ed. Sandy, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications; 1998:86.


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