Habitual Use of Medicinal Plants among a Group of Jordanian Elderly According to Physical Activity and Gender – Pages 25-31

Habitual Use of Medicinal Plants among a Group of Jordanian Elderly According to Physical Activity and Gender

Pages 25-31

Safaa A. Al-Zeidaneen1, Hadil S. Subih2, Ala’a Al-Bakheit3, Nahla S. Al-Bayyari4 and Seham M. Abu Jadayil5

1Department of Allied Medical Sciences, Al-Zarqa University College, Al-Balqa Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan; 2Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan; 3Faculty of Agricultural Technologies, Al-Balqa Applied University, Jordan; 4Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, Al-Huson University College, Al-Balqa Applied University, Al-Salt, Jordan; 5Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan

DOI: https://doi.org/120.29169/1927-5951.2019.09.01.5

Abstract: Introduction: Traditional medicine use has grown significantly in the last few decades around the world. Similarly, in Jordan. The information regarding the percentages of older adults in Jordan who adopt a healthy life-style and consuming medicinal plants along with performing physical activity are limited.

Objective: To evaluates the use of medicinal plants among a sample of Jordanian elderly population and the effect of physical activity and gender on their habitual medicinal plants usage.

Method: A cross sectional study was conducted on 120 elderly Jordanian (62 women; 58 men) and evaluated for medicinal plant usage. A questionnaire was used for collecting personal, social, anthropometries and lifestyle information including the daily activities through a personal interview by the principal investigator.

Results: In this study about 90% of all participates were using medicinal plants and 95% of males and females used medicinal plants were physically active. Females were used medicinal plants (100%) more than male (79.31%), the most medicinal plants used among elderlies were sage (88.33%), thyme (85.00%) and peppermint (81.67%).

Conclusion: The study highlight the increasing number of herbal users among Jordanian elderlies especially females and physically active people and alarming about the possible risk associated with herbal/drug interactions among this age group.

Keywords: Medicinal plants, elderly, female, male, Jordanian.