Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2019 / Article / Tab 6

Research Article

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

Table 6

Reasons for using traditional medicines for diabetes given by participants who answered a questionnaire (N=140).


Reason for deciding to use traditional medicine
High cost of the conventional medicines2517.9
Accessibility and availability of traditional medicine2417.1
Advice of friends and relatives4532.1
Do not use traditional medicine4632.9
Usefulness of the medicine on managing diabetes
Leads to very low blood pressure and hypoglycemia1712.1
Regulate blood glucose levels7755
Do not use traditional medicine4632.9
Reason for not using traditional medicines
Religious beliefs39.3
Advice from health care providers139.3
Not aware of the effectiveness or how to use it117.9
Prefer not to mix treatment with conventional medicines and traditional medicines96.4
Do use traditional medicine9467.1
Reasons for using both conventional medicines and traditional medicines
More effective2820
Cost substitution1611.4
Looking for effective treatment2719.3
Not applicable6953.6
Complications of using traditional medicines
High blood pressure4230
Eye, kidney, and joint problems1812.9
Diabetes only3424.3
Do not use traditional medicines4632.9

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