The Canadian Medical AssociationJournal recently reported a case inwhich an elderly woman who was takingwarfarin developed severe internalbleeding after drinking chamomile teaand using chamomile lotion. Warfarin isknown to interact with a number ofcommonly used herbal remedies suchas garlic, ginger, and gingko. This is, however,believed to be the first reportedcase of an interaction with chamomile.
Chamomile is used to relieve a numberof ailments such as toothache, sorethroat, digestive problems, and insomnia.
Creams and lotions are used to treatskin conditions such as insect bites,eczema, and psoriasis.
Dr. Garrett is a clinical pharmacistpractitioner at Cornerstone Health Carein High Point, NC.