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Traditional and herbal remedies in pregnancy and breastfeeding 

Traditional and herbal remedies in pregnancy and breastfeeding
Traditional and herbal remedies in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Sir Peter Gluckman

, Mark Hanson

, Chong Yap Seng

, and Anne Bardsley

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date: 08 March 2021

The use of herbal and traditional Chinese medicine during pregnancy has become very common worldwide. It is important to be aware of their effects and precautions, and that the evidence base to support claims for efficacy is very weak. Standards of quality and potency for many of the available products do not exist. Commonly used remedies include ginger root, cranberry, St John’s wort, raspberry leaf, castor oil, and blue cohosh. With the exception of ginger, there is currently not enough data to support the use of any other herbal supplements during pregnancy. For some, such as blue cohosh, there is clear evidence of harm and they should be avoided.

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