Use of medicinal plants by individuals with hypertension, diabetes mellitus or dyslipidemia
Keywords:Plantas medicinais, hipertensão arterial, diabete mellitus, dislipidemias, rede pública, medicamentos
Objectives: To know about which herbs are most often used by individuals diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes mellitus or dyslipidemia treated at the clinic in the city of Passo Fundo, RS.
Methods: a prospective study. Interviews were conducted with individuals over 18 years, users of drugs through individual structured form with open and closed questions.
Results: We interviewed 125 individuals. The average age of respondents was 68 years, most women (78.4%) and retireds (65.6%), 76% report having incomplete elementary school, only 84.8% use public assistance to health, 62.4% reported making use of medicinal plants for therapeutic purposes, and of these 96.1% were in the form of tea, 86.67% reported taking no drugs along with tea and 30.67% had the habit to inform the doctor who made use of medicinal plants. The Marcela (Achyrocline satureioides) plant was cited as being the most used, 91.2% believed that the use of medicinal plants do not cause adverse reactions, interact and / or interfere with medications used concomitantly with them.
Conclusions: The practice of using tea is common among the population to treat health problems, but knowledge about indications, method of preparation and use, in most cases do not have guidance from health professionals.
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