T A M M Y   W U,   M. D.

Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
Modesto, California

Tammy Wu, MD, Plastic Surgeon in Modesto, California

Modesto Plastic Surgeon, Board Certified by ABPS in Plastic Surgery

Herbs that need to be reported before plastic surgery

  • Chondroitin is often used to treat osteoarthritis. People using chondroitin may suffer from bleeding complications during surgery, particularly when used in combination with doctor-prescribed blood-thinning medications.
  • Ephedra has been known to promote weight loss, increase energy and treat respiratory tract conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. This agent has been banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it can raise blood pressure, heart rate and metabolic rate, ultimately causing heart attacks, heart arrhythmia, stroke and even death.
  • Echinacea is often used for the prevention and treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections, as well as chronic wounds, ulcers and arthritis. However, it can trigger immunosuppression, causing poor wound healing and infection.
  • Glucosamine, often offered in conjunction with chondroitin, contains chemical elements that mimic human insulin, and may artificially cause hypoglycemia during surgery.

In addition to having a greater tendency toward taking herbal supplements, 35 percent of plastic surgery patients were more likely to engage in homeopathic practices, including acupuncture, hypnosis, chiropractic manipulation, massage, yoga and Pilates. Only six percent of the general population practiced homeopathics on a weekly basis.  Thus... consider acupuncture at Dr. Tammy Wu's office:  http://www.modestoacupuncture.com


Tammy Wu, MD Plastic Surgeon 2003-2006 all rights reserved.  Modesto Plastic Surgery.  Updated 12/30/2006.
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