Chinese herbs contra antibiotics
There are five categories of Chinese herbs that do not mix well with antibiotics. They should be avoided when taking antibiotics.
(1) Tetracyclines, clotrimazole and erythromycins should not be taken with Chinese herbal ingredients that contain tannic acid such as pomegranate flower (shi liu hua), hawthorn (shan zha), fructus mume (wu mei), fructus Rosae laevigatae (jin ying zi), Acacia catechu (er cha), Galla chinensis (wu bei zi), and rhubarb (da huang).
(2) Antibiotics should not be taken with the Chinese herbal ingredients containing calcium ions such as gypsum (shi gao), concha haliotidis (sea ear shell, shi jue ming) and fossil bone (long gu).
(3) Acidic cephazoline antibiotics should not be taken with alkaline Chinese herbs such as coptis root (huang lian) and ephedra (ma huang).
(4) Alkaline antibiotics such as erythromycin and sulfanilamides should not be taken with Chinese herbs that contain organic acids such as fructus mume (wu mei), Galla chinensis (wu wei zi), dandelion (pu gong ying), hawthorn (shan zha), fructus corni (shan zhu yu), and fructus ligustri lucidi (nu” zhen zi).
(5) Antibiotics should not be taken with Chinese herbs that contain digestive enzymes such as Chinese medicinal leaven (shen qu”) and maltose (mai ya).