A cross sectional study was conducted in Bushenyi district to review the side effects,
adverse effects and the process of collecting herbal medicines between September 2013
and February 2014.
The study found out that traditional herbs were being widely used in Bushenyi district in
the treatment of malaria, cough, vaginal dryness, abdominal cramps, erectile dysfunction
and fevers most frequently than other conditions.
The study also found that the most common side effects were nausea and vomiting,
diarrhea and headache reported by 12% of the respondents while of the respondents who
reported adverse effects. Were 3(1.6%)
1.63% of the respondents reported that they were combining the herbal products with the
The study concluded that; the use of traditional herbs in Bushenyi was associated with
various side effects, that very few respondents did experience life threatening adverse
effects with the use of traditional herbs in Bushenyi district. That most respondents were
exclusively using herbal medicines alone especially for the treatment of common
community ailment and inally that the process of collecting herbal drugs in Bushenyi was
crude and did not follow standard guidelines
The study recommended that the government of Uganda should integrate traditional
herbal medicines into the National health system in combination with National policy and
regulation for products, practices and providers in order to ensure safety and quality; the
use of safe, effective and quality products and practices, based on available evidence;
acknowledge herbal medicines as part of primary health care and should ensure patient
care by upgrading the skills and knowledge of herbalists. The government should also
make provision, for research into herbal medicines since WHO fully recognizes herbal
medicines as part of the health care system. And inally that the national drug authority
should train the herbalists on scienti ic methods of collecting herbs.
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