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

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Author: Edward Mills, Jean-Jacques Dugoua, and Dan Perri
Published: January 17, 2006
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Number of pages: 360 pages
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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

About the author:

Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua HBSc ND PhD, or Dr. JJ as he is affectionately known, is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) with a Doctorate (PhD) in pharmacy science. He is a clinical pharmacologist, public speaker and researcher. Dr. JJ is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor since 2003. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the Liberty Clinic in downtown Toronto and the first ND to practice at the Toronto Western Hospital in the Artist Health Center, one of the few NDs practicing in a hospital in Canada. He does research with the Motherisk Program at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto where he heads the MotherNature Network.