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Uso de plantas medicinales en adultos que acuden a una unidad de atención primaria de Panamá Medicinal plants use by adult people who seek attention at a primary care center in Panamá

Uso de plantas medicinales en adultos que acuden a una unidad de atención primaria de Panamá Medicinal plants use by adult people who seek attention a

Uso de plantas medicinales en adultos que acuden a una unidad de atención primaria de Panamá Medicinal plants use by adult people who seek attention at a primary care center in Panamá  
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Introduction: use of medicinal plants as alternative therapy has had a great height in the last years, what lead multiple investigations about its effectiveness. Objectives: to describe prevalence, type of medicinal plants use and health problems targeted with these therapies in adults assisted at Primary Care Center (PCC) "San Cristóbal", Panama City. Material and methods: cross-section descriptive study of a convenience sample (100 adults surveyed during March of 2006 while they were in the "waiting room" of the Primary Care Cente). Results: 84% referred to use medicinal plants. Sábila or Alóe (13.5%) salvia (12%) and mastranto (10.4%) were most mentioned. The main motivations were the recommendation of some well-known, familiar tradition, conviction of which is more effective than me- dicines and the experience of to have had good results in the past. Stomach pain, common cold and "pain" were problems most often mentioned. Conclusion: frequency of use of medicinal plants is high in adults seeking attention at an urban PCC of Panama. Reasons for using and problems dealt with them include a broad spectrum of clinical conditions.
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