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Awareness of herbal products among students at local university in Malaysia

Helal Uddin, A.B.M. (2021) Awareness of herbal products among students at local university in Malaysia. In: International Conference on integative ,edicine, 17-19 August 2021, USM, Penang.

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Purpose: Herbal medicines are the most common type of traditional and complementary medicines (T & CM). T & CM have been used to diagnose and prevent diseases, restore the body’s function, and maintain or improve health. Malaysia has different ethnic groups with different beliefs and cultures. For the three dominant races, Malay, Chinese and Indian, traditional and herbal medicines are a long-standing practice. Hence, there is a common perception that the use of herbal products is better than the commercially available pharmaceutical drugs, which are deemed to contain harmful chemicals and have adverse side effects. This study aims to determine consumer’s usage of herbal products and the respondent’s perception of these product’s safety and efficacy. Method: A cross-sectional survey was performed using a self-administered questionnaire on a sample of 377 from different ethnic groups. Chi-square, Mann Whitney, Kruskal Wallis and Spearman correlation were applied for data analysis. Result: This study found significant differences in perception among the respondents from different ethnic backgrounds. Of 300 herbal product (np) users, Chinese (n=210) respondents are likely to consume natural products compare to Malay (n=54), ‘Others’ (n=34) and Indian (n=32). Malay respondents have a higher perception towards the safety of the products while Chinese respondents that herbal products might have lower nutritional value. Lastly, Indian respondents perceive that it is safer to consume natural products after consulting physicians and disagree that herbal products are more effective than conventional medicines. Conclusion: This study’s findings could help policymakers and health service providers to understand the pattern of herbal product consumption among Malaysians.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Papers)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Depositing User: Dr. A. B. M. Helal Uddin
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2022 15:34
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 15:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101332

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