Andrographis paniculata use behavior as a result of COVID-19 outbreak among older adults in the elderly schools of BanSuan Municipality, Chonburi Province

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Orarat Wangpradit
Chalalai Chokdeesrijun
Kamolnat Muangyim


Background: During the COVID-19 outbreak, people increased the use of Andrographis paniculata (Burm.f.) Wall. ex Nees (AP), especially among older adults. 

Objective: The purpose of this qualitative research was to examine the behaviors and factors that led to the use of (AP) as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Method: The population was older adults who used herbal medicines in elderly schools of Ban Suan Municipality, Chonburi province. The key informants were 14 older adults. Data were collected by means of an in-depth interview. The data were analyzed by categorizing the information according to the research objectives.

Results: Most older adults used higher dose and amount of AP despite mild symptoms during the COVID-19 outbreak. The main reason for taking AP was to prevent COVID-19. Sources of information for taking AP during the COVID-19 outbreak were television and social media, and advice from health personnel, relatives, and friends. Most older adults were confident that AP can prevent and cure
COVID-19. However, older adults taking regular medications for noncommunicable diseases did not inform their physicians that they were taking AP along with regular medications. In addition, some older adults even temporarily discontinued their regular medications to use only AP.

Conclusions: Use of AP among older adults was consistent with the Health Belief Model, which states that health behaviors depend on perceived information, particularly risk and severity of illness. Information about the COVID-19 outbreak triggered fear in older adults, leading to the decision to protect themselves from the disease by using AP. However, if the knowledge about the disease and prevention is incorrect or misleading, it can lead to negative health outcomes for older adults.


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Wangpradit, O., Chokdeesrijun, C., & Muangyim, K. (2022). Andrographis paniculata use behavior as a result of COVID-19 outbreak among older adults in the elderly schools of BanSuan Municipality, Chonburi Province. JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH, 16(2), 73–85. Retrieved from
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