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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 3
First page : ( 969) Last page : ( 975)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00181.6

A Study on Herbal drugs Utilization in Pregnant women from Hospitals of Sungai Petani, Kedah Darul Aman (D.A.), Malaysia

Khan Naeem Hasan1,*, Perveen Nabila2, Sarriff Azmi2

1Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, 08100-Bedong, Kedah, Darul Aman, Malaysia

2School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, (U.S.M.), Minden, Penang, Malaysia

*Corresponding Author E-mail: naeemhshirazi@hotmail.com

Online published on 7 July, 2018.


In Malaysia, the herbal drugs are very frequently utilized starting from small ailments to chronic diseases. Toinvestigate the herbal drugs utilization by pregnant women from two hospitals Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital (general) and Pantai Hospital (private), Sungai Petani, Kedah (D.A.), Malaysia. Analysis was carried out by using a Software Package for Statistical Analysis, Version 20. Pregnant women respondents involved in the study were 450. Respondents reported the utilization of herbal drugs were 386 (85.8%) while 64 (14.2%) respondents were not using herbal drugs. It was found that most of the respondents were Malaysian where Malays were 317 (87.6%), Malaysian Chinese 20 (74.1%) and Malaysian Indians 49 (80.3%). In response/rating for herbal drugs utilization among pregnant women strongly agreed for mild illness, familiar with the treatment option and cost effectiveness. In this study, socio-demographics/hospital was significant predictors. The utilization of herbal drugs from in-patients was5 times more as compared to out-patients pregnant women.



Pregnant women, herbal drugs, SPSS version 20, ethnic groups.


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