Traditional and Complementary Medicines Methods Used by Patients Diagnosed with Covid-19

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Tarus H. A., Yalazı R., Karadeniz H., CAN GÜRKAN Ö.

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE RESEARCH, vol.30, no.1, pp.19-25, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000527311
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.19-25
  • Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Traditional and complementary medicine methods
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Aim: This study aimed to determine traditional and complementary medicines (T&CM) methods used by patients before and after being diagnosed with Covid-19.Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out between 27 March 2021 and 2 July 2021, in the community health services unit of Duzce province, Central District, in the western Black Sea region. 547 people participated in the study. Two forms prepared by the researchers, the "Participant Identification Form" and the "Assessment Form for the Use of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Methods," were used to collect the data.Results: Before the diagnosis of Covid-19, patients reported that they consumed the highest rate of medicinal plants (56.1%) and fruits (40.4%) and prayed (40.4%) to prevent disease. After the diagnosis of Covid-19, they stated that they consumed the highest percentage of herbs (68.4%) and fruit (53.0%) and prayed (48.4%) to reduce disease symptoms. It was seen that herbal products/herbal mixtures (medicinal plants (p<0.001), fruits (p<0.001) and fruit vinegars (p<0.001)), and T&CM methods such as supplements like C, E, D and other vitamins (p<0.001), prayer (p<0.001), massage (p<0.001) and apitherapy (p<0.001) were found to be statistically significant after Covid-19 diagnosis compared to before.Conclusion: In this study, it was determined that the patients often used T&CM methods such as herbal products (especially medicinal plants and fruits) and prayer before and after Covid-19 diagnosis, and the use of these T&CM methods increased significantly after diagnosis.