Utilization of Local Herbs for the Treatment of Diseases among the People in Saluang-Khilek Communities, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province

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Chatchaya Sommanee
Samart Jaitae

Abstract

This cross-sectional survey research aimed to study traditional herbal utilization for health care and the
relationship between relevant factors and traditional herbal utilization for health care of people. The sample included 301 households in Saluang-Khilek communities in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district. Combined methods for data collection included a field survey and interviews with local key informants during October 2019–March 2020. Data were collected using a questionnaire and then analyzed with descriptive statistics and multiple linear regression. The results showed that the people used local medicinal herbs for health care the least (mean: 1.46 ± 0.51 on the 1–5 scale of lowest to highest); their herbal use had a significant relationship with the perception that local medicinal herbs could be used for disease treatment. The stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that the people perceived that local herbal remedies could be used for treating several more illnesses and the people’s use of local medicinal plants for health care had significantly increased (p-value < 0.05).

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