Preference, perception and predictors of herbal medicine use among malay women in Malaysia

Tengk Azlan Shah Tengku Mohamad, Farida Islahudin, Malina Jasamai, Jamia Azdina Jamal

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Background: Preference for herbal use is increasing worldwide. This is especially true for Malay women in Malaysia that is steeped in traditional and cultural values and surrounded by diverse flora. However, concerns arise with the use of herbs due to the lack of monitoring, scientific evidence and risk of adverse effects. As such identifying potential herbal users is vital to ensure appropriate management is optimised. Objective: This study derives insights on preferred herbs, perception and predictors of herbal use for health among Malay women in Malaysia. Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey, comprising of Malay women, performed in all fourteen states in Malaysia. Respondents were assessed for demographic characteristic, current use of herbal medicine, their preferred herbal medicine and perception of herbal use. Predictors of herbal use were then determined using a multivariate logistic regression model. Results: A total of 1067 respondents were included in the study of which 592 (55.5%) admitted to using herbs for health. In general, raw herbs were the most preferred herbal remedies used (n=407, 69.5%). A significantly higher number of respondents perceived that herbal remedies would not cause any problems to women’s overall health (n=725, 67.9%) (X2=137.5, df(1), p<0.001), although a large majority agreed that not all remedies were safe for pregnant women (n=979, 91.8%) (X2=744.03, df(1), p<0.001). Among predictors of herbal use were marital status and income (X2=203.98, df(795) p<0.001). Those that were married were 3.9 times more likely to use herbs than unmarried women (p<0.001). Having an income of <RM 3000 or USD 729 increased the odds of using herbs among women by 6.2 times compared to their counterparts (p<0.001). Conclusion: The current findings provide an insight into specific groups, information and health initiatives that can be targeted to strengthen herbal use monitoring among Malay women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1829-1837
Number of pages9
JournalPatient Preference and Adherence
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Women's Health
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Keywords

  • Health
  • Herb
  • Malay
  • Perception
  • Predictor
  • Preference
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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Preference, perception and predictors of herbal medicine use among malay women in Malaysia. / Mohamad, Tengk Azlan Shah Tengku; Islahudin, Farida; Jasamai, Malina; Jamal, Jamia Azdina.

In: Patient Preference and Adherence, Vol. 13, 01.01.2019, p. 1829-1837.

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