Research: STEENKAMP,

Listed in Issue 96


STEENKAMP, Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, PO Box 667, Pretoria 0001, South Africa,, has reviewed (35 references) traditional herbal remedies used by South African women for gynaecological complaints. Abstract: This paper reviews the nature and range of traditional remedies for 'female complaints'. A total of 156 medicinal plant species are documented as being used for gynaecological complaints in South Africa. They are presented with names, part of plant used, and specific treatment indications. Potentially toxic species are noted, as are the compound thought to be responsible for the pharmacological effect. South African traditional remedies are compared to traditional remedies elsewhere in the world. The paper concludes that a wide spectrum of traditional herbal remedies is used to regulate menstrual cycle, enhance fertility, induce abortion, or protect against miscarriage.






Steenkamp V. Traditional herbal remedies use by South African women for gynaecological complaints. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 86 (1): 97-108, May 2003.

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