Isihlambezo : Utilization patterns and potential health effects of pregnancy-related traditional herbal medicine.
Isihlambezo is a herbal decoction used by many Zulu women in South Africa as a preventative health tonic during pregnancy.
Though the practice is cited by ethnographers and medical practitioners, few studies have focused on specific elements of isihlambezo use and preparation.
Moreover, though some evidence exists suggesting negative effects of its ingestion, the maternal-fetal health impact and toxicity of isihlambezo have not been adequately studied.
We examined two aspects of this traditional antenatal health practice : (I) the potential impact of urbanization and access to Western clinic-based care on popularity and utilization patterns of isihlambezo, and (2) the potential maternal-fetal health effects of its use.
Interviews were conducted among rural and urban women in clinic and non-clinic settings regarding socio-behavioral aspects of isihlambezo use.
The pharmacology of certain plant ingredients of isihlambezo was investigated through laboratory assays, literature review, and interviews with traditional healers.
There were significant differences by area of interview in nearly all aspects of isihlambezo use examined.
Though isihlambezo was most popular among urbanites and clinic non-attenders, it was considered an important antenatal health care alternative by the majority of women surveyed.
Mixing traditional and clinic-based antenatal care was also strongly advocated. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Plante médicinale, Médecine traditionnelle, Femme, Homme, Gestation, Utilisation, Ethnie, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Foetus, Mère, Toxicité, Ethnologie, Milieu rural, Milieu urbain, Zulu
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medicinal plant, Folk medicine, Woman, Human, Pregnancy, Use, Ethnic group, South Africa, Africa, Fetus, Mother, Toxicity, Ethnology, Rural environment, Urban environment
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Cote : 97-0246318
Code Inist : 002B02A03. Création : 11/06/1997.