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Covid-19 and herbal practice: A UK practitioner survey

Frost, Rachael, Bhamra, Sukvinder K., Pendry, Barbara, Heinrich, Michael (2021) Covid-19 and herbal practice: A UK practitioner survey. Advances in Integrative Medicine, . E-ISSN 2212-9626. (doi:10.1016/j.aimed.2021.09.003) (KAR id:91367)


Objectives: To identify the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on UK herbal medicine practice and how herbal medicine practitioners are supporting people with Covid-19. Design: Mixed method e-survey. Methods: The survey link was distributed through professional associations and social media. Quantitative data were descriptively summarised and qualitative data were analysed using content analysis. Results: Results from 59 responses indicated a profound effect of the pandemic on herbal medicine practice, with a move to remote working and a reduction in client numbers. Practitioners reported prescribing a wide range of medicinal plants, chiefly Glycyrrhiza glabra L. and Echinacea spp. alongside providing information and advice. Few reported inter-professional collaboration. Conclusions: Herbal practitioners need to build on current collaborations, research and experience to develop consistent approaches to support people with mild-moderate Covid-19 symptoms. More systematic exploration of herbal medicine practice during and as a consequence of the pandemic is needed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.aimed.2021.09.003
Subjects: R Medicine > RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
R Medicine > RX Homeopathy
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Sukvinder Bhamra
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 18:57 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 23:00 UTC
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