I bought a 50 ml of 'ethanolic Extracts of sage'. Dosage of 15 drops 3 times daily is suggested on the bottle.
Sage can cause nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, agitation, and wheezing. In large doses, it can cause seizures and damage to the liver and nervous system. Some sage contains toxic chemicals that can cause seizures so be careful with this. People think because it is an herb, it is safe and this couldnt be further from the truth! Many herbs contain very potent chemicals. I dont see hot flashes listed as something Sage is useful for but it has been studied and shown to be of some benefit in Alzheimers and for herpes (in a cream). You could start with the dosing on the bottle. I would try the 15 drops once a day and work your way up to see if you get any of the above side effects. Medications used to prevent seizures affect chemicals in the brain. Sage may also affect chemicals in the brain. By affecting chemicals in the brain, sage may decrease the effectiveness of medications used to prevent seizures. Sage might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking sage along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Sage might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking sage along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
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