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Traditional Chinese infant supplementary medical foods given by mothers in Hong Kong.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3208672     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Chinese mothers living in Hong Kong are used to giving their babies special medicinal food to strengthen the infant's internal defences and to restore the body's harmonious state. However since the majority of registered doctors are trained in the Western pharmacological tradition it is difficult for them to comprehend the concepts and idioms of this practice. This paper set out to investigate the frequency and varieties of medicinal foods given to 166 Chinese infants during the first 30 months after birth. One hundred and forty seven babies were given medicinal foods at some stage. The frequency of their administration varied from weekly to once or twice per month. The most popular medicinal food was "Job's tears" and the most widely administered compound herb preparations were milk preparation solution, flower teas and various cool teas. The potential pharmacological effects of these medicinal foods were searched from a Chinese medicines computerized database and found to be principally anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic, diuretic and appetite stimulant. This study contributed a better appreciation of the popularity of infant supplementary medicinal foods in Hong Kong and the rationale for their use.
R Y Sung; S Lui; L Lo; S S Leung; D P Davies
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0378-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:    1988 Aug-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-02-16     Completed Date:  1989-02-16     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Drugs, Chinese Herbal*
Food, Fortified*
Hong Kong
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Materia Medica*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Drugs, Chinese Herbal; 0/Materia Medica

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