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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 2386-2393

Prevalence, knowledge, and perception about the use of herbal medicines jazan - Saudi Arabia

1 Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia
2 Medical Student, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Amani Osman Abdelmola
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Jazan University
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_2475_20

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Aim: This study aimed to assess the prevalence, knowledge and perception of Jazan province residents about traditional herbal medication. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was done on 440 Saudi residents using an electronically distributed questionnaire. The questionnaire included 39 items divided into 4 parts. Data collected were about demographic characters, knowledge and perception about HM, and HM usage among participants. Results: Most of the participants used HM for therapeutic purposes (80.9%) and (29.5%) believed that mixing herbs together led to more effective results. The participants agreed to a very high degree that inherited culture plays an important role in HM use, however (84.5%) of them never used herbs. The participants used herbs mostly for treatment of diabetes mellitus representing (37%) and hypertension (20.5%). Age, marital status, and the job of participants had a statistically significant effect on participants' views about HM. While, gender, educational level, income, place of residence and chronic diseases had no statistically significant effect. Conclusion: The highest percentage of the participants used HM for therapeutic purposes. Increasing awareness of Saudi population about instructions and restrictions when using HM is greatly needed.

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