African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
Vol. 6, No. 2, 2009, pp. 203 - 206
Bioline Code: tc09027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2009, pp. 203 - 206
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Herbs In Orthodox Practice: A View By Medical Students|
Enwere, O. Okezie
Use and opinion of herbs among medical students of Imo State University Nigeria was assessed.
Information on herb use, indication and opinion from returned self-administered questionnaire was analyzed. A total
of 114 students (91.2%) of 125 responded. 32 (28.1%) students had used herbs before, a significant proportion being
males (OR 3.7). Herbal tea was the most popular herb used; maintaining good health and treating malaria were the
only indications (50% each). Most students (>90%) believe herbs to be harmful, and generally unsafe especially in
pregnancy. Most students (73%) who had used herbs consider them effective in treating hypertension or diabetes
mellitus (OR 3.5 & 6.0 respectively). Most students (89.1%) believe theres a lot of misinformation about herbs.
Most students view use of herbs with skepticism. Inculcating study of herbs in medical curriculum will provide
better information on herbs.
Herbs, students, opinion, medical, eastern Nigeria.
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