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Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
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BADKE, Marcio Rossato et al. Popular knowledge and practices regarding healthcare using medicinal plants. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.2, pp. 363-370. ISSN 0104-0707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072012000200014.
The objective of this study was to identify the origin of the knowledge and practices regarding the therapeutic use of medicinal plants, by individuals living in a community in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. This is a qualitative study, in which the data collection was performed through semi-structured interviews and participant observation. The participants were selected through their own relationship network. A thematic analysis of the data was performed. It was found that the participants learn how to use and manage medicinal plants in their family context; it is highlighted that women have a strong influence on the transmission of this particular knowledge; they usually obtain the plants at their own homes; and most plants that are used also have their indication supported by scientific evidence. It is believed that the present study is important for nurses and the society as a whole, as it points to the need for an approximation between popular and scientific knowledge, as well as the need to invest in projects that address this particular topic.
Keywords : Nursing; Medicinal plants; Careful nursing; Collective health.