Advertisement

Consumers’ Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Towards Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in the East Coast Economic Region

  • Nalini ArumugamEmail author
  • Nurul Imanina Kamal Bahri
Conference paper

Abstract

This study aims to assess the knowledge, attitude and practices of consumers towards medicinal and aromatic plant (MAP). MAPs have been utilized as an alternative medicine for quite a long time based on indigenous knowledge inherited from the older generation. However, there is a lack of documentation concerning the level of knowledge, attitude and practice of consumers specifically in the East Coast Economic Region (ECER). Knowledge, attitude and practices have an impact on the consumption of medicinal and aromatic plants. Descriptive analysis, Pearson correlation, multiple regression analysis and factor analysis will be employed to analyse the data. Findings from this study will benefit the consumers, producers and academic researchers.

Keywords

Knowledge Attitude Practice MAP ECER 

References

  1. Adeleke, A. O. (2015). Investigation into the factors affecting the attitudes of consumers towards the consumption of herbal medicines in Nigeria. European Journal of Business and Management 7(26), 9–20.Google Scholar
  2. Alsarhan, A., Sultana, N., Al-Khatib, A., Rafiq, M., & Kadir, A. (2014). Review on some Malaysian traditional medicinal plants with therapeutic properties. Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences, 10, 149–159.  https://doi.org/10.6000/1927-5129.2014.10.20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Ameade, E. P. K., Amalba, A., Helegbe, G. K., & Mohammed, B. S. (2015). Herbal medicine: A survey on the knowledge and attitude of medical students in tamale, Ghana. Peak Journal of Medicinal Plant Research, 3(1), 1–8 Retrieved from www.Peakjournals.Org/sub-journals-pjmpr.Html.Google Scholar
  4. Awad, A., & Al-Shaye, D. (2014). Public awareness, patterns of use and attitudes toward natural health products in Kuwait: A cross-sectional survey. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14, 105.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Department of Education. (2011). Curriculum assessment and policy statement (CAPS) document physical sciences grades 10–12: Department of Education (DOE). Pretoria: Government Printers.Google Scholar
  6. Deshpande, S. M. (2015). Study of current market scenario & marketing prospects against changing attitude of consumers towards buying of Ayurvedic medicines in India. 4(6), 48–54.Google Scholar
  7. Eldahshan, O., & Singab, A. (2015). Medicinal importance of herbs & spices. Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, 4(4), e160.  https://doi.org/10.4172/2167-0412.1000e160.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Farooqui, M., Azmi, M., Knight, A., Shatar, A., Aslam, M., Saleem, F., & Noriah, C. (2016). Use of complementary and alternative medicines among Malaysian cancer patients: A descriptive study. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 6, 321.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Frawley, J., Adams, J., Steel, A., Broom, A., Gallois, C., & Sibbritt, D. (2015). Women’s use and self-prescription of herbal medicine during pregnancy: An examination of 1,835 pregnant women. Women’s Health Issues, 25(4), 396–402.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.Whi.2015.03.001.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Govil, J. N., & Sanjib, B. (2012). Neem oil: Biological activities and usage. In “Recent progress in medicinal plants” (RPMP)” fixed oils and fats of pharmaceutical importance (Vol. 33). Studium Press.Google Scholar
  11. Hisham, M., M, S. S., Madhu, M., & V., D. T. (2009). International market scenario of traditional Indian herbal drugs-India declining. International Journal of Green Pharmacy, 3, 184–190.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). (2008). Criticisms and frequent misconceptions about organic agriculture: The counter-arguments.Google Scholar
  13. Jazul, J. P., & Catublas, H. A. L. (2016). Knowledge, attitudes and practices in the use of herbal medicine: The case of urban and rural mothers in the Philippines. Mahidol Univ J Pharm Sci, 43(1), 1–16.Google Scholar
  14. Jha, P., Karmacharya, S., Balla, M., Chettri, M., Shrestha, B., & Prakash Sharma, O. (2010). Misuses of medicinal and aromatic plants as poisons: A study of plant poisoning cases in Nepal. In Sustainable use of biological resources in Nepal (pp. 245–249). Retrieved from http://forensic.gov.np/Articles/misuses_medicinal_plants.pdf.
  15. Kala, C. P. (2015). Medicinal and aromatic plants of tons watershed in Uttarakhand Himalaya. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 3(1), 16–21.  https://doi.org/10.12691/AEES-3-1-4.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Karunamoorthi, K., Mohammed, M., & Wassie, F. (2012). Knowledge and practices of farmers with reference to pesticide management: Implications on human health. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, 67, 109–116.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Laelago, T., Yohannes, T., & Lemango, F. (2016). Prevalence of herbal medicine use and associated factors among pregnant women attending antenatal care at public health facilities in Hossana Town, Southern Ethiopia: Facility based cross sectional study. Archives of Public Health, 1–8.  https://doi.org/10.1186/s13690-016-0118-z.
  18. Ong, H. C., Zuki, R. M., & Milow, P. (2011). Traditional knowledge of medicinal plants among the Malay villagers in Kampung Mak Kemas, Terengganu, Malaysia. Studies on Ethno-medicine, 5(3), 175–185.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Suleiman, A. K. (2014). Attitudes and beliefs of consumers of herbal medicines in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education, IV, 4(2), 429.Google Scholar
  20. Tarkang, E. E. (2009). Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions regarding HIV/AIDS and sexual behaviours among senior secondary school learners in Kumba, Cameroon. Health (San Francisco), (November).Google Scholar
  21. Vij, K. (2002). Text book of forensic medicine and toxicology: Principles and practice (2nd ed.). New Delhi: B.I. Churchill Livingstone.Google Scholar
  22. Wan Zaki, W. M., & Mohd Rani, A. (2014). Country status report on medicinal and aromatic plants in Malaysia. In Expert consultation on promotion of medicinal and aromatic plants in the Asia-Pacific region: Proceedings (pp. 174–185). Bangkok; 2–3 December, 2013.Google Scholar
  23. Wassie, S. M., Aragie, L. L., Taye, B. W., & Mekonnen, L. B. (2015). Knowledge, attitude, and utilization of traditional medicine among the communities of Merawi town, Northwest Ethiopia: A cross-sectional study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.  https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/138073.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Zimmerman, C., & Kandiah, J. (2012). A pilot study to assess students’ perceptions, familiarity, and knowledge in the use of complementary and alternative herbal supplements in health promotion. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 18, 28–33.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Bioresources and Food IndustryUniversiti Sultan Zainal AbidinKuala TerengganuMalaysia

Personalised recommendations