Are medicinal herbs safe? The opinion of plant vendors from Diadema (São Paulo, southeastern Brazil)

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dc.contributor.author Lanini, Juliana [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Duarte-Almeida, Joaquim Mauricio [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Nappo, Solange Aparecida [UNIFESP]
dc.contributor.author Carlini, Elisaldo Araujo [UNIFESP]
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-14T13:43:35Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-14T13:43:35Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-01
dc.identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-695X2011005000188
dc.identifier.citation Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia. Sociedade Brasileira de Farmacognosia, v. 22, n. 1, p. 21-28, 2012.
dc.identifier.issn 0102-695X
dc.identifier.uri http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/6950
dc.description.abstract Medicinal plants (MP) have been used world-wide for the treatment or prevention of health conditions and due to their natural origin; they have been historically considered harmless. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with an intentional sample of twenty plant vendors in the city of Diadema to explore their knowledge and beliefs on the safety and efficacy of MP. Different levels of perceptions about the safety of MP were found, varying from completely safe to completely harmful. The majority of the interviewees declared that if herbs have an effect, they are also likely to have a side effect, depending on many factors such as dosage, concomitant use of other drugs, characteristics of the plant material and consumer related factors, specially those related to pregnant women, children and elderly people. Thirty-nine unexpected events related to 21 species of MP were reported. One case of serious gastrointestinal disease related to the consumption of a contaminated slim mixture was also described. Adverse events and other problems that result from MP are relatively uncommon, but they are almost certainly underreported and occur more often than acknowledged. This study strengthens the call for further research and educational efforts into this complex area. en
dc.description.sponsorship Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
dc.description.sponsorship Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
dc.description.sponsorship Associação Fundo de Incentivo à Pesquisa (AFIP)
dc.format.extent 21-28
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Sociedade Brasileira de Farmacognosia
dc.relation.ispartof Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia
dc.rights Acesso aberto
dc.subject medicinal herbs en
dc.subject plant vendors en
dc.subject qualitative research en
dc.subject safety en
dc.title Are medicinal herbs safe? The opinion of plant vendors from Diadema (São Paulo, southeastern Brazil) en
dc.type Artigo
dc.contributor.institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
dc.description.affiliation Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) Departamento de Psicobiologia
dc.description.affiliationUnifesp UNIFESP, Depto. de Psicobiologia
dc.identifier.file S0102-695X2012000100004.pdf
dc.identifier.scielo S0102-695X2012000100004
dc.identifier.doi 10.1590/S0102-695X2011005000188
dc.description.source SciELO
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000297789400004



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