Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 21 | ARTICLE

Title: USE OF NATURAL PRODUCTS WITH THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES IN PEDIATRICS

Author: Luís Miguel Fernandes Nascimento (luis.miguel@ipb.pt), Maria Helena Pimentel (hpimentel@ipb.pt), Maria Ângela Gonçalves Rocha de Aragão (maria.aragao@ipb.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 21

Abstract:
The literature has been showing that the use of natural products is particularly suitable in the treatment of childhood diseases. It is extremely useful to have therapeutic agents whose metabolism pathway is better known. The wide therapeutic index of many herbal medicines and their tolerance create good perspectives to childhood. The herbal medicine is considered a safe therapy, but some adverse effects and interactions resulting from the concomitant use of herbal preparations and conventional drugs have been reported (Izzo, 2005; Cunha, Ribeiro & Roque, 2009). The present study aims to know the use of natural products for therapeutic purposes in children and young people enrolled in the pediatric consultation of the Local Health Unit of the Northeast (ULSN) and verify if the use of these products is a result of a health professional advice or empirical knowledge. From march to august 2013 all parents who accompanied their children to the 1st medical appointment were interviewed using a questionnaire drawn for data collection. It was verified that the use of phytotherapy and natural products in pediatrics is not very frequent in the study respondents. In cases where it occurred, its use was made by free initiative and empirical knowledge and not always with adequate therapeutic indications. It was concluded that there is a need for more information on this subject, in order to contribute to a more effective, correct and responsible use of these products.

Keywords: Natural products; Pediatrics; Phytotherapy




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