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Complementary Practices of Herbalists in the Kingdom of Bahrain
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Tariq A. Alalwan, Qaher A. Mandeel, Abdul Ameer A. Al-Laith, Jameel A. Alkhuzai
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Abstract
Background: The aim of the present study was to assess the general knowledge and practice of local herbalists regarding the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of various ailments. Methods: The study utilized a pre-structured questionnaire to collect data. The sample consisted of 41 well-known, established and active herbalists in Bahrain. Results: The majority of herbalists were male (95.1%) with a high school education. Almost half the respondents obtained their knowledge and training from parents and grandparents. The herbalists combine heritage, religious and cultural values in their profession. The majority (95.1%) of herbalists deal with manageable diseases despite the high confidence of patients in herbal medicine. The main ailments treated are diabetes, gastrointestinal problems, and hypertension. Conclusions: Study findings indicate that most herbalists (95.1%) perceive their role to be one of providing complementary health care. The herbal profession in Bahrain needs to be preserved and developed based on a scientific methodology among the younger generations.
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Bahrain herbalists; Folk medicine; Medicinal plants
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