Young people's opinions about herbal medicines in a sub-urban district of Southern Uganda

Lawrence, David, Smith, Helen, Magala, Enoch and Cooper, Maxwell (2014) Young people's opinions about herbal medicines in a sub-urban district of Southern Uganda. International Health, 6 (4). pp. 337-338. ISSN 1876-3413

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Abstract

Background Herbal medication is the most commonly used form of healthcare in Africa. However, little is known about its use by young Africans in the urban context

Methods This qualitative study explored opinions about herbal medicine and its uses among young people in the Wakiso district, Uganda.

Results About a third of interview participants reported using herbal products, a choice influenced by religious faith, family preference, low cost and unavailability of biomedicines. Two participants stated that herbs could be used to deter alcohol dependence.

Conclusions This study indicated divergent opinions about the value of herbal medicine among young urban Ugandans

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Depositing User: Tom Marshall
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 10:56
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49459

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