Herbal Infusions Used for Induced Abortion

  title={Herbal Infusions Used for Induced Abortion},
  author={Carmen Ciganda and Amalia Laborde},
  journal={Journal of Toxicology: Clinical Toxicology},
  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… 

Ethnomedicines used in Trinidad and Tobago for reproductive problems

  • C. Lans
  • Biology
    Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine
  • 2007
Native Caribbean plants have been less studied that those from Africa, India and Europe and can be used to advise the public on which plants are safe, effective and useful, and which are not; pending clinical trials.

Medicinal plants with teratogenic potential: current considerations

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Conservation of the traditional informations should be given utmost importance in this region to prevent the rapid loss of ethnobotanical wealth.

Medicinal plants used in Northern Peru for reproductive problems and female health

Little scientific evidence exists to prove the efficacy of the species employed as reproductive disorder remedies in Northern Peru, and only 34% of the plants found or their congeners have been studied at all for their medicinal properties.

Ruta graveolens L. (Rutaceae)

Rue has frequently been used with success to procure abortion, starting with pain in the back bearing down, and frequent micturition, followed by pains and abortion about ten days after starting administration of the herb.

Safety issues associated with herbal ingredients.

Herbal Plants Used as Contraceptives

The development of new fertility regulating drug from medicinal plants is an attractive proposition, because from times immemorial humans have relied on plants and their products as sources of drugs and therapeutic agents.

Mentha pulegium L. (Pennyroyal, Lamiaceae) Extracts Impose Abortion or Fetal-Mediated Toxicity in Pregnant Rats; Evidenced by the Modulation of Pregnancy Hormones, MiR-520, MiR-146a, TIMP-1 and MMP-9 Protein Expressions, Inflammatory State, Certain Related Signaling Pathways, and Metabolite Profilin

Mentha pulegium Lamiaceae (MP) abortifacient capacity is validates, targeting morphological anomalies, biological, and behavioral consequences, compared to misoprostol, and MP extract was successful in terminating the pregnancy with minimal behavioral abnormalities and low toxicity margins.



Plant known for centuries still causes problems today.

An abortifacient used in ancient Rome is causing present-day problems and has been used for at least 2,000 years, but there is no documentation that it can induce abortion at other than near-lethal dosage.

Pennyroyal oil poisoning and hepatotoxicity.

Two recent cases of pennyroyal oil ingestion for the purpose of abortion are reported, one of which resulted in shock, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), massive hepatic nercrosis, and death.

Herbal abortifacients.

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Antifertility principle of Ruta graveolens.

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Isogravacridonchlorine: a potent and direct acting frameshift mutagen from the roots of Ruta graveolens.

The furanoacridone alkaloid isogravacridonchlorine has been isolated from the roots of Ruta graveolens and its mutagenic activity and mode of action was characterized without as well as with metabolic activation using different Salmonella typhimurium strains.

Causes, epidemiology, and clinical evaluation of suspected herbal poisoning.

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    Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology
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Essential oil poisoning.

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  • Medicine
    Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology
  • 1999

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