The use of herbal medicine to treat hypertension in hospitals under the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health


  • Aumpol Bunpean
  • Sanan Subhadhirasakul
  • Oratai Neamsuvan
  • Thanyaluck Siriyong


Herbal medicines, hypertension, , hospitals, Ministry of Public Health


The situation and the problems of hypertension have a tendency to increase and escalate. Since modern medicine has limitations in terms of the cost, outcome and side effects of treatment, complementary medicine can be used to treat hypertensive patients. Therefore, this study aims to survey the use of herbal medicine to treat hypertension in hospitals under the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health. The sample consisted of 873 Thai traditional doctors affiliated with hospitals under the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health. The data were collected by telephone interviews between October 2020 to January 2021. The data were analyzed by content analysis and the use of descriptive statistics. The results revealed that 264 hospitals (30.24%) used herbal medicines to treat hypertension. Most hospitals have used complementary medicine for less than five years (186 hospitals, 21.31%) and most had 1-5 service recipients per month (109 hospitals, 12.49%). In total, 32 herbal recipes were used for hypertensive treatment. The three most popular herbal medicines were Yahom Thepajit (155 hospitals, 58.71%), Yahom Nalwagod (84 hospitals, 31.82%) and Roselle herbal tea-Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (64 hospitals, 24.24%). From the results, it can be assumed that few hospitals under the office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health used herbal medicines to treat hypertensive patients. Therefore, research should be conducted with herbal treatment for hypertension, training and used as a database for policy planning among Thai traditional medicine personnel in government services on the use of herbal medicines.


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