Induction of Labor with Homeopathy: A Case Report


  • Susanne J. Kistin CNM, MS,

  • Alyssa D. Newman CNM, MS

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Homeopathic preparations of blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and black cohosh (Actaea racemosa [formerly Cimicifuga racemosa]) have been used around the world for induction and augmentation of labor. There are few clinical studies examining these preparations, and the evidence for their safety and efficacy is largely anecdotal. More research needs to be done to determine whether homeopathy is a potentially viable alternative to oxytocin and prostaglandins for labor induction.