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Perception and practices of folk medicines among youth in Pakistan

Rani, Samina and Rehman, Adeela and Mohamad Diah, Nurazzura (2015) Perception and practices of folk medicines among youth in Pakistan. In: 9th International Conference on Healthcare and Life Science Research (ICHLSR), 27-28 December 2015, Mantin, Negeri Sembilan.

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Abstract

This study is aimed at exploring the relationship between perception and practices of folk medicines among youth in Pakistan. The quantitative research method was adopted to achieve its objectives. Structured questionnaires were distributed among respondents to collect data. The respondents were youth whose ages range from 18 to 25 residing in twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad in Pakistan. The data was analyzed using Statistical analysis Package of Social Sciences (SPSS version 13). The result showed that Pakistan youth have limited knowledge about folk medicines, and they do not have positive perceptions about folk medicines. As the result shows, youth do not perceive folk medicines positively; therefore their practices of folk medicines are limited. Majority of them know the importance and usage of folk medicines but do not know how to prepare them and where to get them. Findings shows that lack of educational awareness about folk medicines have a strong impact on folk medicine practices. Pakistani youth mostly prefer specialized doctors for their treatment rather than applying home-based treatment due to rapid cure and they perceived folk treatment to be slow in curing illnesses. It is recommended that folk wisdom about the usage of traditional healing practices must be transferred to the next generation by their elders as well as via education based awareness campaigns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information: 2612/49257
Uncontrolled Keywords: folk medicines, Pakistan, youth
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM711 Groups and organizations
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM826 Social institutions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM831 Social change
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: DR NURAZZURA MOHAMAD DIAH
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 10:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 07:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/49257

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