Certain Herbs Associated with Liver Damage

It is important to be aware that several common herbs can cause liver damage, especially in people with an existing liver disease such as Hepatitis C.  These include:

  • Kava
  • Comfrey
  • Shark cartilage
  • Skullcap
  • Valerian

In addition, the following groups of people should avoid the use of herbs in general unless ordered by their medical provider:

  • Women who are pregnant or nursing
  • Children
  • Organ transplant recipients
  • People with decompensated liver cirrhosis
  • People with a serious medical condition