Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua Naturopathic Doctor PhD in Pharmacy

Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy and Lactation: An Evidence-Based Approach

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With the use of natural health products on the rise, physicians require quality evidence with which to make evidence-based decisions and provide answers to their patients. Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy and Lactation focuses entirely on the therapeutics, safety and risk information of herbs and supplements used during pregnancy and lactation for obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and primary care physicians.

Organized like standard works on the safety profiles of drugs, this important text includes:

  • Section categories such as benefit profile and traditional uses, pharmacology and toxicology, interactions, and adverse events
  • Was researched using a systematic review method, enabling the busy physician to view quickly and easily the grade of evidence supporting the information provided
  • Covers area of patient concern where few information resources exist
  • Stresses evidence-based research, particularly important in this field
  • Just as with prescription drugs, natural health products can present substantial risks and prompt the same areas of concern. Although some of these effects may be
  • life-threatening, current literature on these important issues is scant.


Contents Include:

  • Introduction - Why is This Book Needed, and How to Use It?
  • Plant Constituents - What Are the Terms That May Be Found in the Book?
  • Definitions in Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Evidence Grades
  • Botanical Medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements