Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 24, Number 1
TITLE: Ultilization pattern of traditional medicine in rural community in Pyin Oo Lwin and Naungcho Townships.
AUTHOR: Khin Wai; Zaw Win Tun; Tin Tin Wynn; Khin Thandar Aung; Thida Aye; Tin Moe Khaing; Thandar; Tu Tu Mar
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Services Research Journal. 2012; 24(1): 54-59
ABSTRACT: The study was conducted to find out utilization, diagnosis and treatment patterns of traditional medicine users in rural community. Community-based, cross-sectional descriptive study was done in rural area of PyinOoLwin and Naungcho townships. There were 1132 participants with the age ranged from one month to 93 years. Within last 12 months, 18% of the respondents did not use any type of medicine. Traditional medicine only and western medicine only were used by 13.5% and 20.7% of the respondents, respectively. About half (47.8%) of the respondents used both types. With regard to age group, traditional medicine only was used by 12.5%, 13.3%, 11.0%, 9.8%, 15% and 20% of infant, one to five years group, six to fourteen years group, 15-24 years group, 25-59 years group and above 60 years group, respectively. Above 60 years age group was the highest user (68.2%) of both traditional and western medicine. Female used traditional medicine more frequently than male. The most common health problem that the respondents have taken traditional medicine was gastrointestinal symptoms (26.9%), followed by fever (16.1%). Most frequently used form of the traditional drugs was powder form (61.1%). More than 90% of the respondents diagnosed their diseases and symptoms by themselves or relatives. Self prescription was also the majority (88.3%). Easy availability was the most common reason (49.6%) for using traditional medicine. While WHO and many countries are promoting the utilization of traditional medicine, our study might be a help for national health system of Myanmar.
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