Use of herbal medicines: Pilot survey of UK users’ views
By: Zahn R, Perry N, Perry E, Mukaetova-Ladinska EB.
Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2019; 44: 83-90.
Summary: A survey was conducted on user views on obtaining information on herbal medicines and their experiences and opinions about their use. Responses over a one-year period were analysed. 157 participants took part (87% aged 45-64 y, 13% > 65 y). 80% of participants used medicinal plants for multiple health benefits — health protection (74%), disease prevention (38%) and treatment (49%]. Information regarding medicinal plants was predominantly based on books (57%), the internet (53%), friends, colleagues or neighbours (51%) and health practitioners (42%). 51% of participants felt herbs were safe (51%) with less side effects (55%) than pharmaceutical medicines. 24% of medicinal plant users informed their medical doctor, with majority of informed medical professional (47%) accepting the use of medicinal plants.