Cultural Implications of Moghat (Glossostemon bruguieri) and Breastfeeding in Egypt: A Brief Narrative Review
Basil H. Aboul-Enein, MSc, MPH, MA, DHEd

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Aboul-Enein, B.H. (2013). Cultural implications of moghat (Glossostemon bruguieri) and breastfeeding in Egypt: A brief narrative review . Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 3(4), pp. 15-19. doi:10.9730/

Abstract: Moghat (Glossostemon bruguieri (Desf.) family Sterculiaceae) is a mucilaginous plant commonly consumed as a traditional lactagogue in Egypt. It is used in Egyptian folk medicine as a nutritive tonic for the purpose of promoting lactation, increasing body weight, treating gout, and acting as a demulcent. Since the 1960s, studies have indicated the nutritive value of the plant Moghat containing dietary fiber, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, and an array of recently identified phytochemicals. However, to date, no study has attempted to identify and evaluate the scientific validity and therapeutic merits of Moghat in relation to breastfeeding practices in Egypt. The practice of breastfeeding is highly encouraged in Egypt, especially among women from rural backgrounds. The Egyptian culture, religion, and history continue to perpetuate the beliefs associated with Moghat use and lactation even though no evidence has yet to support or disprove this assertion. Nevertheless, public health educators should support and reinforce custom-based practices, such as Moghat consumption, as part of any postpartum health education interventions on breastfeeding in Egypt.

Keywords: Moghat, Egypt, breastfeeding, cultural competence

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