Study on the use of complementary and alternative medicine among the rural population in Udupi district,Karnataka

Sheilini, Melita and Nair, Shreesha (2015) Study on the use of complementary and alternative medicine among the rural population in Udupi district,Karnataka. Asian Academic Research Journal of Multidisciplinary, 2 (7). pp. 233-240. ISSN 2319-2801

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Background: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has witnessed an increase in use in recent times. In India, CAM practices and modern, allopathic medicine run parallel to each other, and cater to the rural and urban populations, respectively. Alternative systems such as Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Siddha, and Unani medicine are supported by the Government of India. Practices such as Yogaasana, pranayama, massage, acupuncture, andmagnet therapy are also used in India. Objectives: The present study was carried out with the objectives to identify the use of CAM among rural population, to explore the reasons for the use of CAM among rural population and to assess the self reported usefulness of CAM among rural population. Methods: Survery approach was used for the study. Tools used for collecting the data were: Demographic proforma and NAFKAM international CAM questionnaire (ICAM-Q). Purposive sampling technique was used for the study and the sample consisted of 100 people between the age group 18-60 years residing in Ullore village, Udupi district, Karnataka. Results: The findings of the study revealed that majority 60% had consulted the physicians for their health problems and 84% of them felt it was very useful. The 5% of participants went to chiropractors and herbalists and felt it was 86% and 71.43% useful respectively. About 12% expressed that they have received manipulative treatments by their physicians in the past 12 months and 25% of them expressed it was very useful. Among the use of herbal medicines 14% of them expressed that they use pepper for the minor ailments and all of them expressed it was very useful. All 100% expressed that they use praying for their own health as the self help practice and all 100% expressed it is somewhat useful. The findings also showed that the main three CAM used by them were homeopathy (100%) for acute illness, Herbs(67%) for long term health condition and manipulation(50%) for acute illness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Complementary medicine; alternative medicine; rural populati.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Medical Surgical
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 14:26

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