Attitudes and Belief among the Population in Saudi Arabia about the Consumption of Herbal Products for the Prevention of COVID-19 Infection: A Cross-Sectional Study
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, King Khalid University, Abha 62529, 2Outpatient Pharmacy Department, Prince Faisal Bin Khalid Cardiac Center, Abha 62521, Saudi Arabia
Afaf Aldahish, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, King Khalid University, Abha 62529, Saudi Arabia, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this study was to assess the Saudi population’s perceptions about the use of herbal products to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 infection in Saudi Arabia. Here, 803 subjects participated in the online survey, which was cross-sectional in nature and self-administrated. The study included all Saudi Arabian adults, whereas pregnant women were excluded. Participants who decided to participate in the study filled out the questionnaire completed by 803 people. During the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, most participants were aware of alternative and complementary medicines, whereas 60.1 % obtained their knowledge from social media sites. Prior to online shops/pharmacies and homemade remedies, the traditional apothecary was the most common source for alternative and complementary medicines. About 56 % of participants (p<0.05) did not believe that the complementary and alternative therapies could prevent or treat coronavirus disease 2019 infection, whereas 53.9 % of them considered safe. Only 22 % of those who took part in the survey agreed that alternative and complementary therapies could successfully combat coronavirus disease 2019 and could be used as a substitute for vaccines. Finally, our study found that during coronavirus disease 2019, medicinal plants and other complementary and alternative therapies were used and considered to be more effective.