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Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais

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SOUZA, C.M.P et al. Use of medicinal plants with antimicrobial activity by users of the Public Health System in Campina Grande - Paraíba, Brazil. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.2, pp.188-193. ISSN 1516-0572.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-05722013000200004.

This study evaluates the use of medicinal plants with antimicrobial activity by users of the Unified Health System in Campina Grande Municipality, Paraíba, Brazil. This is a descriptive and transversal study with a quantitative approach, the sample of which consisted of 220 users, and was carried out from August 2008 to April 2009. The research was developed through an unstructured interview process. Among the study participants, 65.0% used medicinal plants, of which Punica granatum L., Anacardium occidentale L. and Stryphnodendron adstringens were most cited. There was prevalence of females. Most individuals obtain medicinal plants in the local market, using them as suggested by relatives. Results indicated that 5.0% of the interviewees stated to have suffered adverse event resulting from the use of medicinal plants. Thus, information about the use of medicinal plants, acquired in local communities, combined to chemical/pharmacological studies performed in specialized laboratories and the qualification of health professionals, will favor the implementation of Decree no. 971/2006, which aims to ensure access to medicinal plants and herbal medicines with safety, efficacy and quality.

Keywords : Medicinal plants; Ethnopharmacology; Public Health.

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