Attitude of mothers toward herbal treatment of their children
Kerbala Journal of Medicine,
2012, Volume 5, Issue 11, Pages 1384-1389
Back ground :Traditional medicine (also known as indigenous or folk medicine) comprises medical knowledge systems that developed over generations within various societies before the era of modern medicine. The (WHO) defines traditional medicine as:"the health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being.
Objectives: To evaluate the attitude of mothers toward using herbal medicine for the treatment of their children in comparison with modern treatment with trade known drugs and its relation to the educational level.
Method: The study included 145 women with age average (34)yrs ,divided in to 4 groups according to teaching level and estimate their attitude toward traditional treatment regarding modern treatment with trade known drugs ,causes for using herbal medicine ,what they prefer ,which cases they treat ,if there is any obvious side effect observed after administration of these herbs ,source of information about usage , after data collection it undergoes analysis .The study conducted between 2009-2010
Results : The study revealed high attitude of mothers towards herbal treatment in comparison with trade drugs for the treatment of their children and also revealed increase their attitude with decrease educational level.
Conclusion: There was a clear and obvious desire for mothers regarding the use of herbal therapy either as replacement or adjuncts for the treatment of mild illness (such as flu, constipation ,diarrhea , napkin rash ,nasal congestion, etc).The study showed that the major cause for using herbs was its low cost in comparison with modern drugs and seem to be free of side effect as its natural ,it also revealed that the important source of information about herbal therapy was TV ,and there was no obvious side effect noted during administration .
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