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"Clary sage essential is widely recognized as a calming oil that benefits women's health, especially during the childbearing years. It has long been used to stimulate labor contractions, based on anecdotal reports which range from mild to extreme. The spectrum of claims regarding its effects include mild oxytocin stimulation to support a prolonged labor to the other extreme cautioning against any exposure during pregnancy with warnings it is capable of inducing preterm labor. With such dramatic differences in recommendations and no clear scientific guidelines to follow, it's no wonder that pregnant clients and even professionals are confused about conflicting safety recommendations. Through a NAHA-supported clinical trial, the Franklin Health team tackled this complex issue through a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial of clary sage during pregnancy. In this session, Dr. Hawkins guides you through the methodological approach taken in this investigation and reveals the first evidence-based guidance for the use of clary sage during pregnancy."
Dr. Hawkins is a Harvard-trained clinical researcher with over 20 years of experience in natural health. She established Franklin Health Research in 2005 as an independent educational center and has overseen its growth and transition to an academically focused clinical research organization for the natural products industry. Dr. Hawkins is widely published in the integrative health field, and frequently travels to present research findings from the Franklin Health team at professional conferences worldwide.
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