Background: Although, medicinal plants have been important for women’s health historically, the knowledge about such use during pregnancy in developing countries is limited. This is the first quantitative, ethnobotanical study on Malian women’s use of and attitudes towards the use of medicinal plants during pregnancy.
Malawi’s maternal mortality rate is one of the worst. Due to shortfalls in modern hospitals, women resort to medicinal plants. The study investigated medicinal plants used as contraceptives, for treating pregnancy-related cases and general illnesses. Focus group discussions, key informants, participant observations and questionnaire interviews were employed.
Background: Maternal health is a public health priority in many African countries, but little is known about herbal medicine use in pregnancy. This study aimed to determine the pattern of use of herbal medicine in an urban setting, where women have relatively high access to public healthcare.
Ethnopharmacological relevance: In Cameroon, most women use traditional medicine for the treatment of pregnancy and childbirth complaints. In order to identify some of the medicinal plants locally used to alleviate these complaints, an ethnobotanical survey was undertaken in five villages of Menoua Division (West-Cameroon).