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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2015)

A Review on Galactogogue Herbs of Unani Medicine


Mariyam Roqaiya, Wajeeha Begum, Abiha Ahmad Khan

World Health Organization recommended exclusive breastfeeding as an economic and valuable method for protecting infant’s health during the life. It provides unique biologic and emotional effects for both mother and infant. Malnutrition in the first year of life is the reason of two-third of deaths in fewer than five years old children in the world. Breast milk insufficiency is one of mothers’ main reasons to stop breastfeeding in the first six to eight weeks after birth. Causes lie behind insufficient milk production are preterm birth, illness of the mother or the child, mother-baby separation, re-lactation after a prolonged suspension, indirect lactation (breast pump or manual milk expression), anxiety, fatigue and emotional stress. Milk production can be increased by psychological support, relaxation techniques and use of Galactogogues. In Unani medicine this problem has been described under the heading ‘qillate laban’ and for improvement of milk production several herbs have been mentioned having muwallide laban (Galactogogue) property. Only few of them have been experimentally studied. This review is an attempt to give the informations on several galactogogue herbs mentioned in Unani literature. Studies are needed to provide evidence for the mechanism of action of these herbs as galactogogue.

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How to cite this article:
Mariyam Roqaiya, Wajeeha Begum, Abiha Ahmad Khan. A Review on Galactogogue Herbs of Unani Medicine. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2015;4(2):112-115.