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Qom Univ Med Sci J 2022, 16(1): 52-65 Back to browse issues page
Consumption Pattern of Black Myrobalan for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 and People’ Attitude Towards it in Qom, Iran: A Cross-Sectional Study
Fataneh Hashem-Dabaghian1 , Fatemeh Nojavan2 , Abolfazl Mohammadbeigi3 , Mohammad Aligol4 , Mahmood Shokuhitabar5 , Atieh-sadat Danesh * 6
1- Department of Iranian Medicine, Institute of Medical History Studies, Islamic and Complementary Medicine, Faculty of Iranian Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Persian Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran.
3- Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Health, Environmental Pollution Health Center, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran.
4- Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Promotion, School of Health, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Ira
5- Department of Quranic and Hadith Sciences in Health, Faculty of Health and Religion, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran.
6- Department of Persian Medicine, School of Traditional Medicine, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran. , adanesh@muq.ac.ir
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Background and Objectives: Black myrobalan drug, known as “Imam Kazem drug” in Iran, is used by most of Iranian people to prevent and treat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This study aims to investigate the consumption pattern of black myrobalan by people in Qom, Iran and their attitudes towards it.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 1077 patients referred to health centers in Qom, Iran in 2021 participated. They completed a demographic form and a researcher-made questionnaire assessing the consumption pattern of black myrobalan and people’s attitudes towards this drug. Data were analyzed in SPSS v. 20 software using chi-square test, Fisher test, Spearman correlation test, and logistic regression analysis.
Results: Out of 1018 patients who responded to the questionnaire, 660 (64.8%) were familiar with the drug and 491 (48.2%) had used the drug during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them, 409 (83.2%) had used the drug for prevention and 166 (33.9%) for treatment of COVID-19. The attitude of participants towards this drug was positive in 515 patients (50.6%). The consumption pattern of black myrobalan was significantly correlated with occupation and attitude of people.  It was found out that 83 patients (16.9%) reported mild side effects following drug use.
Conclusion: A significant percentage of people in Qom city use black myrobalan, and have positive attitude towards it. This requires that its efficacy and side effects be investigated in clinical studies.
Keywords: Iranian medicine, Herbal medicine, Terminalia chebula Retz, Imam Kazem drug, COVID-19
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: طب سنتی
Received: 2022/04/24 | Accepted: 2022/05/15 | Published: 2022/04/30
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Hashem-Dabaghian F, Nojavan F, Mohammadbeigi A, Aligol M, Shokuhitabar M, Danesh A. Consumption Pattern of Black Myrobalan for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 and People’ Attitude Towards it in Qom, Iran: A Cross-Sectional Study. Qom Univ Med Sci J 2022; 16 (1) :52-65
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