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Abortifacient herbs help African women without access to medical care

Laboratory tests show that plants can adjust tissue of the uterus and be used against fatal bleeding after birth

 
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The graduate student Tine Nikolajsen collaborates with the research by analyzing samples of the plants in the laboratory
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The graduate student Tine Nikolajsen collaborates with the research by analyzing samples of the plants in the laboratory

Every year approximately 350,000 women die from postpartum haemorrhage. In the African continent, one in 16 dies during pregnancy. In some countries the number is so high that it reaches one in eight women. The reason is the lack of access to health care, often because women do not have the money or because they live far from clinics. Knowledge of the herbs that can help adjust the uterus after delivery is therefore often the only opportunity to save lives in remote rural areas.

Danish researchers have tested 22 plants to induce abortion in rats and several plants had the same effect as the drug control acetylcholine. "Half of the plants that had tested the fit of tissue from the uterus, while the other half with short breaks induced contractions. Seven of the plants worked both ways," explains Anna K. ethnopharmacology Jäger, the department of medicinal chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.

The research is based on the encounter with different cultures to "traditional healers. The researchers investigated whether traditional medicine contain active drugs that have demonstrated an effect on the disease. These results will be used to promote health in Africa and, therefore, the researchers are planning a series of seminars in organizations of healers and midwives in Tanzania, where abortion is illegal, which raises the demand of pregnant women by traditional healers.

From interviews with local midwives, the Danish Medical Vibeke Rasch, of Odense University Hospital, studied 22 plants used? By women who have no access to abortion in hospitals. Two of them are placed directly into the vagina and the others are used in teas or extracts.

With the project People and Plant Medicine, the researchers investigated whether the plants used in traditional medicine have pharmacological effects, making them suitable for medicine. It is important to identify the plants that work, and to classify them ineffective and harmful. The project's goal is to share that knowledge with professionals and users of medicinal plants in all African societies possible.

Laboratory work is done in collaboration with Associate Professor Uffe Kristiansen Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy.

Source: Isaude.net
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