Hop contraindications

This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.

(Humulus lupulus)

What is hop and what is it used for?

Hop (Humulus lupulus) is a plant of the Cannabaceae family family which is known for its use in herbal medicine and also because it is used in brewing.

In natural medicine, hop plant strobiles (hops) are used because they are rich in resins and bitter principles. These have soothing, sedative, tonic and digestive properties.

  • Hops have a strong bitter taste, which explains their ability to strengthen and stimulate digestion.

  • The plant is used in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, headaches, indigestion and arthritis.

  • External applications, are is used in skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.

What contraindications does hop present?

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  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: It is Not enough known about the use of hops during pregnancy and lactation. During pregnancy, hops could have oestrogenic effects (contains phytoestrogens). Consult your doctor before taking hops.

  • Depression: hops have sedative, soothing and hypnotic properties, however, being used in people with depression, can worsen depression symptoms.

  • Endometriosis, breast cancer, uterine cancer and other cancer types: hormone sensitive cancers may be susceptible to some components of hops (phytosterols). NOT recommended.

  • Alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives and hypnotics: hop components enhance the sedative effect of these substances and may cause drowsiness. You must know that this combination can be dangerous if you have to drive a vehicle or machinery.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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