African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 683

Review

Vital role of herbal medicines in women’s health: A perspective review

R. Ramasubramania Raja
  • R. Ramasubramania Raja
  • Department of Pharmacognosy, Narayana Pharmacy College, Nellore, Andhrapradesh, India.
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  •  Received: 15 May 2015
  •  Accepted: 29 June 2015
  •  Published: 30 August 2015

Abstract

This is a perspective review of medicinal plants useful traditionally for women's healthcare in countries like India. Medicinal plants have a significant role in women's healthcare in many rural areas. Plants with therapeutic efficacious observations have historically been used as a starting point in the development of new drugs, and modern pharmaceuticals have been derived from them. A review about the therapeutic effectiveness, safety and best use of herbals in day to day practice to get rid of many diseases adds value to making use of herbals in this context. Kitchen remedies are the easy access for women for their cost effective health care. Many of the dietary health practices by women reflect their health consciousness. Herbal remedies include medicinal herbs and ayurveda herbal remedies for common disorders among women such as urinary tract infection, pubertal changes, post-menopausal syndrome, hot flushes, menopause, poly cystic ovarian syndrome, bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, infertility, delayed labor, low breast milk production, abortion and other female disorders.
 
Key words: Medicinal plants, menopausal syndrome, herbal remedies, infertility.