Herbal Infusions Used for Induced Abortion

@article{Ciganda2003HerbalIU,
  title={Herbal Infusions Used for Induced Abortion},
  author={Carmen Ciganda and Amalia Laborde},
  journal={Journal of Toxicology: Clinical Toxicology},
  year={2003},
  volume={41},
  pages={235 - 239}
}
Plants and herbs have been used to induce abortions but there is very little published information describing the commonly used ones. The purpose of this report is to describe the herbal products used to induce abortions, and to enhance awareness and understanding of their toxic effects. A descriptive retrospective survey was conducted on the calls received by the Montevideo Poison Centre between 1986 and 1999 concerning the ingestion of herbal infusions with abortive intent. A total of 86… 

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