Prevalence of Medicinal Herbs Consumption in Pregnant Women Referring to Bojnurd Health Care Centers

Document Type : Original Article


1 Instructor, Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Health, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran. PhD Student of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

2 PhD Student of Epidemiology, School of Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 B.SC. of Public Health, School of Health, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran.

4 PhD Student of Pharmaco-economics Management, School of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

5 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, School of Health, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran.

6 Assistant Professor, Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


Introduction: Pregnant women use medicinal herbs for different reasons, and there is a belief that medicinal herbs are safe and without side effects, while medicinal herbs have side effects or drug interactions for the mother. Therefore, this study was performed with aim to evaluate the prevalence of medicinal herbs consumption in pregnant women referring to Bojnurd health care centers.
Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was conducted on 350 pregnant women referring to Bojnurd health care centers in 2015. Data about the type of herbs, the cause of consumption, knowledge and practice of people about the use of herbs were collected by a questionnaire. Data was analyzed SPSS software (version 20) and t-test and Chi-square test. P<0.05 was considered significant.
Results: 222 (63.40%) of pregnant women had used medicinal herbs. The most common reason was common cold and the most used medicinal herbal was mint. 117 (53.40%) of the participants had obtained the information from the family and 139 (62.90%) had provided the medicinal herbs from the medicinal herb shops (Attari). There was a statistically significant relationship between the use of medicinal herbs and husband's occupation and education (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Due to the high consumption rate of medicinal herbs by pregnant women in Bojnurd, and also the fact that this area is rich in medicinal herbs; it is necessary that pregnant women be more trained and aware about medicinal herbs by Health care providers.


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