Determinants of Herbal Acceptability among Health Practitioners in Ondo West Metropolis

Authors: 1Bernard A. E and 2Usamah C. B.

The use of plants for the treatment of illness and diseases has been in existence for many Millennial which makes it the oldest and still the most widely use system of medicine in the world. Today there have been conflicts from the scientific point of view regarding its acceptability due to the introduction of orthodox medicine. From all quarters orthodox medicine practitioners rarely prescribe herbs for the treatment of health conditions. Therefore, this paper investigates the acceptability of herbal medicine among health practitioners in Ondo West Metropolis. Five research questions were generated. Descriptive survey research design was used in this work. Random Sampling technique was adopted to sample two hundred and fifty respondents from ten sampled public and private hospitals in Ondo West Metropolis. Questionnaire was used to obtain data from the respondents while descriptive statistics of frequency counts and chi-square was used to average the data at 0.05 level of significance. The entire hypotheses tested were rejected. Based on the findings, it is recommended that more attentions should be devoted in integrating herbal medicine in the treatment of diseases and infirmities.

1,2 Department of Physical and Health Education, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo