Complementary and alternative medicine for urinary tract illnesses: A cross-sectional survey in Jordan

Amal Akour, Sumaya Abuloha, Ali R. Mulakhudair, Violet Kasabri, Ala'a B. Al-Tammemi

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the extent of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) usage, especially herbal preparations, in treating urinary tract illnesses, and their perceived efficacy. This was a cross-sectional survey that used a convenience sample of 278 adults who reported having any form of urinary tract illness. During the last 3 months, 105 (37.8%) of participants had used CAM for various urinary tract conditions, of which, 87 (82.9%) used herbal remedies. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) were the most reported urinary condition (n = 77, 73.3%) among CAM users. The most commonly used herbs were, parsley (n = 54, 19.2%), followed by chamomile (n = 29, 10.4%), barley (n = 20, 7.4%) and ginger (n = 18, 6.7%).The study provides an overview of various CAM remedies used to treat urinary tract illnesses in the Jordanian society, which would draw attention to the necessity of conducting interventional studies to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CAMs in treating urinary tract illnesses, either as stand-alone or adjuvant treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101321
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  • Herbal remedies
  • Jordan
  • Urinary tract illnesses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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