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COVID-19 and herbal practice: A United Kingdom practitioner survey

Frost, R, Bhamra, SK, Pendry, B and Heinrich, M (2021) COVID-19 and herbal practice: A United Kingdom practitioner survey. Advances in Integrative Medicine, 8 (4). pp. 256-260. ISSN 2212-9588

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Objectives: To identify the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK herbal medicine practice and how herbal medicine practitioners are supporting people with COVID-19. Design: Mixed-methods e-survey. Methods: The survey link was distributed through professional associations and social media. Quantitative data were descriptively summarised and qualitative data were analysed using content analysis. Results: Results from 59 responses indicated a profound effect of the pandemic on herbal medicine practice, with a move to remote working and a reduction in client numbers. Practitioners reported prescribing a wide range of medicinal plants, chiefly Glycyrrhiza glabra L. and Echinacea spp. alongside providing information and advice. Few reported inter-professional collaboration. Conclusions: Herbal practitioners need to build on current collaborations, research and experience to develop consistent approaches to support people with mild-moderate COVID-19 symptoms. More systematic exploration of herbal medicine practice during and as a consequence of the pandemic is needed. What is already known about the topic: • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large impact on all types of healthcare • The impact on herbal medicine practice is unclear What this paper adds: • The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially affected UK herbal medicine practice • A wide range of medicinal plants are currently used by herbal practitioners to support people with COVID-19 • Herbal practitioners need to develop consistent holistic approaches to support people with mild-moderate symptoms of COVID-19

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2024 10:57
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2024 11:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.aimed.2021.09.003
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22580
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