Consumption of Herbals during Pregnancy in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (Husm): A One Month Observation In 2008

Author

Hasmah A. & Nur Amalina N.
School of Health Sciences, Health Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 16150 Kora Bharu, Kelantan
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Language

English

Title

Consumption of Herbals during Pregnancy in Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (Husm): A One Month Observation
In 2008

Proceeding

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Seminar (MAPS 2008)

Date

21st October - 22nd October 2008)

Place Held

The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Worldwide prevalence of herbal medicine consumption during pregnancy is ranging from 7 to 36% regardless of uncertain safety and scientific proofs of efficacy. Currently, there are limited studies on the prevalence of herbal consumption during pregnancy among Malaysian women. The aim of this study is to investigate the pattern of herbal consumption and its association with educational and total household income among 84 pregnant women who attended the Obstetric and Gynecology Clinic of Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) from January to February in 2008. An adapted structure and modified based questionnaire on Malaysian customs was used. Statistical analysis was performed with the level of confidence of 95% (α=O.05). Approximately 10.7% of pregnant women consumed herbal during pregnancy. The characteristics of pregnant women who used herbal in this study were tertiary education, high total household income, married and age ranging from 30 to 39 years old. There was no significant association between educational status (p=0.79) and total household income (p=O.439) towards herbal consumption in pregnant women. As a conclusion, information obtained could provide the preliminary data to conduct a periodical study In assessing patterns of herbal consumption among pregnant women throughout the nation. It was predicted that the pattern could Increase regardless of safety and efficacy issues since there were increasing number of herbal products in the market. Health care professionals should be aware of the types of herbal consumption by pregnant women in particular those lacking scientific data for safety and efficacy.

Keywords

Herbal consumption; pregnant women; safety and efficacy

Session

Poster Abstracts

Topic

Think Global, Act Local: A New Paradigm In Malaysian Herbal Industry (Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latif Ibrahim-UNISEL)