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This plant use is incompletely understood, with significant gaps herbals ajo the literature for people living in the Midwest, about the plant species used, and about how home herbal medicine use interacts with allopathic medicine.

Methods This pilot project used a qualitative research approach interviews and focus groups, convenience sampling to explore this topic for Latin America immigrants living in Madison, Wisconsin.

Results Eight interviews and focus groups consisting of 42 people yielded minutes of audio recordings herbals ajo the mention of 57 medicinal plants.

These plants were obtained from gardens, relatives and friends abroad and localmail order, and ten local retail herbals ajo.

Retail sites sold fresh plants, dried plants, spices, foods, and packaged products, ranging from 20 to over plant products per site.

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A preponderance of herbals ajo, especially in Latino-focused stores, was food that also served a medicinal purpose. Participants mentioned 35 distinct health and disease categories herbals ajo which herbal medicines were used, and sometimes, but not always, discussed plant use with their health care provider.

When compared with likely Latin binomial taxonomic names, clinically-relevant confusions with the use of common plant names were also identified.


Conclusions Overall, the findings presented illustrate the herbals ajo surrounding herbal medicine use, and create a case for future work to involve other demographics, and focus on botanical identification, the quantification of disclosure rates, and the development of educational interventions for physicians and patients.

In the United States USthe use of complementary and alternative medicine CAMone component of which is herbal medicine, is common.

A possible explanation for the wide prevalence range herbals ajo that meta-analysis is a diversity of research methodologies, including geographic location, study size, and demographics of study participants.

A pilot study of herbal medicine use in a Midwest Latino population

In addition to the challenges of interpreting the pooled Hispanic herbal use data as mentioned above, the published literature has omissions that compromise the applicability and relevance of the research for clinicians, patients, and researchers. For herbals ajo, Latino herbal herbals ajo use in the Midwest is a relative unknown; of the articles in two recent reviews 67only four originated from the Midwest three in Illinois, one in Ohio.

In addition, although several nationwide surveys have yielded data about the use of herbal medicines by Latinos that may be relevant to the Midwest, the authors of one of these reviews found significant regional variation in prevalence data and herbals ajo in extrapolating between regions 6 ; their recommendation was for more regional surveys in order to more accurately understand this topic.

Herbals ajo, herbal surveys may or may not address the source of plants, relevant to safety concerns given some recent reports of herbal adulterations from suspect sources; the source of herbal knowledge; or a complete list of plants being used in a given community.

This study was designed to begin the process of addressing some of the shortcomings mentioned above in the Latino herbal medicine literature by studying one Midwestern community Madison, Wisconsin. The primary aims were 1 to compile a comprehensive list of plants used for medicines common names2 determine the diagnoses for which plants were herbals ajo used, and 3 document the sources of plants including retail sites and plant knowledge.

As a pilot study, the data collected is part of a larger research project meant to improve on the communication about and the safe and effective use of traditional herbal medicines in the context of the allopathic medical system.

Methods This was a qualitative research project, utilizing individual interviews and focus groups, as well as a visual survey of herbal medicine retail outlets in Madison, Wisconsin.

Madison has an estimated population herbals ajo , with 6.


There are several Latino-focused community organizations, which, combined with knowledge of the Latino community by two of herbals ajo authors PTG, DKwere used to initially identify study participants for the interviews and focus groups.

Individual interviews and multi-person focus groups Individual interviews and focus groups were held between August,and February, Inclusion criteria for participation in this research project were any adult age 18 and older Latino community members interested in or using past or present herbal medicine for personal or professional purposes.

Gender, race, health concern or treatment status were not considered herbals ajo selecting participants herbals ajo this study.

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A convenience sampling of individuals with interest and experience in herbal medicine herbals ajo used to locate initial study participants; this approach was in line with other herbal medicine use surveys. As mentioned above, the initial identification of research participants occurred through Latino community organizations and Latino community members.

Interviews and focus groups were conducted in Spanish by one herbals ajo the authors DK who is fluent in both Spanish and English.