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Are Herbs Safe For Baby?

Monday, 24 November 2008 19:49
A recent study at Woman and Infants' Hospital in Rhode Island reveals that a significant number of pregnant women are using herbs and alternative therapies. Out of the 240 women involved in the study, 9.1% said that they used herbs some time during their pregnancy and 7.5% used herbs on weekly basis. The most commonly used herbs included garlic, aloe, chamomile, peppermint, ginger, Echinacea, pumpkin seeds and ginseng. Thirteen percent of the women also reported that they used chiropractors and other alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy, meditation, relaxation, yoga, acupressure, therapeutic touch, homeopathy, acupuncture and reflexology.

Gibson PS, Powrie R, Star J   Herbal and alternative medicine use during pregnancy: a cross-sectional survey.   Obstet Gynecol 2001;   97 (4 Suppl 1):   S44-S45.