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Table 3 Herbal supplements women reported using during pregnancy (n = 588)

From: Herbal medicine use during pregnancy in a group of Australian women

Herb taken No % Most common form of supplement* Most common reason/s for use reported by women** Gestation commenced (if applicable) Who recommended supplement use* % who reported the supplement helped?
Raspberry leaf 83 13.9 Tea (71%)
Tablet (22%)
Syrup (5%)
Strengthen or tone uterus ready for labour (76%) 30 weeks or later 63/71 (89%) Friends (37%)
Naturopath (23%)
Self (22%)
N/A
Ginger 68 11.6 Tea (46%)
Tablet (40%)
Syrup (11%)
Nausea (85%) Early in pregnancy 58/59 (98%) Self (42%)
Friends (39%)
Naturopath (17%)
43/56 (76.8%)
Chamomile 65 11.1 Tea (100%) Relax/calming/help sleep (65%)
Aid digestion/help nausea (25%)
No pattern Self (71%)
Family (15%)
Friends (11%)
45/54 (83%)
Cranberry juice 51 8.7 Syrup/liquid (91%)
Juice (6%)
Tablet (2%)
Prevent/treat urinary tract infections (56%)
Vitamin C intake (19%)
Enjoy/like it (16%)
Early in pregnancy/or <= 20 wks (68%) Self (63%)
Friends (14%)
Local doctor (14%)
28/36 (78%)
Echinacea 17 2.9 Tablet (63%)
Syrup/liquid (25%)
Tea (13%)
Cold/flu (81%)
Increase immunity (13%)
No pattern Self (59%)
Friends (18%)
6/13 (46%)
Evening primrose oil 11 1.9 Tablet (100%) No pattern No pattern Self (36%)
Friends (36%)
2/7 (29%)
Digestive bitters 9 1.5 Syrup/liquid (56%)
Tablet (44%)
Digestive disorders (100%) No pattern No pattern 8/9 (89%)
Slippery elm 9 1.5 Tablet (56%)
Powder (33%)
Tea (11%)
Digestive disorders (88%) No pattern Naturopath (33%)
Self (33%)
5/8 (63%)
Garlic 8 1.4 Tablet (100%) Variety of reasons No pattern Self (50%)
Family (50%)
Naturopath (38%)
3/6 (50%)
Chinese herbs 8 1.4 Syrup (50%)
Tea (33%)
Variety of reasons No pattern Chinese doctor (63%) 6/8 (75%)
  1. * Does not total 100% as only most common responses included
  2. * More than one answer could be given