ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Prevalence and Associated Factors of Traditional Medicine Use Among the Tribal People of Rangamati, Bangladesh
Authors : Qufshe Bardar Oias Fazlul Baqui, Fatema Johora, Hosne Ara Begum, Mohammad Ali
Keywords : Complementary medicine, Herbal medicine, Alternative medicine, Ethnic people, Ethnopharmacology
Issue Date : Apr 2019
Abstract :
Purpose: The use of traditional medicine has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly, in developing countries. The present study was carried out among the tribal people of Rangamati, southern part of Bangladesh, with the attempt to find out the prevalence of use of traditional medicine, which types of medications are used and to explore the underlying reasons of this type of practice. Methods: A cross-sectional, structured questionnaire survey was conducted among 88 tribal people including both male and female in March 2011. Results: 47.2% of studied population was Chakma. 77 respondents (87.5%) had taken traditional medicine in the 6-months period preceding the study. Herbal medicine was the most popular (78.4%) form of traditional medicine. 29.3% of respondents seeked advice of traditional practitioners and rest of all took medicine by themselves. Common cold is the commonest (49.3%) illness for taking medicine, followed by gastrointestinal problem (26%), musculoskeletal pain (11.7%) and generalalized weakness (7.8%). Cultural heritage and belief, availability of herbal and medicinal plants and their presumped safety, poor socioeconomic condition, cost of modern medicine and non-availability of physicians in remote, hilly area were found as reasons for seeking such kind of treatment. Conclusion: The study revealed that use of traditional medicine, especially, herbal medicine is common among the tribal population of the Rangamati.
Page(s) : 116-119
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 10, No.4