African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Short Communication: A study of the effect of pumpkin (ugu - Telfaira occidentals) milk and raw egg mixture in the treatment of anaemic pregnant women in a rural area

Mathew Folaranmi Olaniyan, Adewumi Adeleke


Thirty anaemic pregnant women aged 29.5 ± 6.5 years with baseline mean packed cell volume (PCV) of 20.8 ± 2.0% were studied. Freshly prepared Ugu (pumpkin-Telfaira occidentalis) mixture containing ugu (pumpkin) fluid, raw content of egg and peak evaporated unsweetened milk was administered orally to each of the pregnant women three times in a day for seven days. Packed cell volume was carried out by capillary tube method. There was an observed significantly mean value of PCV (29.5 ± 2.2% ) a day following the administration of the mixture ( P < 0.05). The use of the mixture in the treatment of anaemia would reduce exposure to the risk of HIV/AIDS and Hepatities B infections that could occur with blood transfusion.
Key words: pumpkin leaves, anaemia, pregnancy, milk, raw egg, PCV
Afr. J. Trad. Comp. Alt. Med. Vol.2(3) 2005: 269 - 273

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