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Traditional Medicine and Its Role in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus: (Patients’ and Herbalists’ Perspectives)

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dc.contributor.author Kasole, Rose
dc.contributor.author Martin, Haikael
dc.contributor.author Kimiywe, Judith
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-26T07:45:18Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-26T07:45:18Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07-04
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/2835691
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/387
dc.description Research Article published by Hindawi en_US
dc.description.abstract Background. Diabetes mellitus is a complicated health condition with multiple causes and many treatment options. Various myths may infuence diabetics’ health-seeking behavior, and they may use traditional medicines, which include normal foods and herbs, for primary health care. Te aim of this study was to determine patients’ and herbalists’ practices and perspectives regarding the use of traditional medicines and the role of traditional medicines in the management of diabetes. Methods and Findings. We conducted a cross-sectional study with a mixed-methods design. We interviewed 140 patients attending diabetic clinics using a structured questionnaire, conducted focus group discussions with an additional 20 diabetic patients, and conducted in-depth interviews with 8 local herbalists. Te majority of the diabetic participants believed that diabetes is caused by a high-carbohydrate diet. Of the 140 participants who answered the questionnaire, 67.2% reported using traditional medicines to manage their diabetes, including 58.6% who reported using both conventional medicines and traditional medicines. Some participants believed that combining conventional and traditional medicines improved the efectiveness of treatment. Reasons given for using traditional medicines included the high cost of conventional treatment and the availability and accessibility of the traditional medicines. Te most commonly used traditional medicines were indigenous vegetables and medicinal plant products including amalanth leaves, hare lettuce leaves, nightshade leaves, spider plant leaves, okra pods, moringa leaves and seeds, soursop leaves, black plum back, avocado seed, and lemongrass. Conclusion. Patients and herbalists provided a range of perspectives regarding the use of traditional medicines to treat diabetes. Further research is needed to identify bioactive compounds present in commonly used traditional medicines and their efcacy. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Hindawi en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.title Traditional Medicine and Its Role in the Management of Diabetes Mellitus: (Patients’ and Herbalists’ Perspectives) en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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