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Aims: This study attempted to explore the natural products commonly used by the TB patients in a selected township of Myanmar.
Study Design: Secondary data analysis of qualitative data.
Methodology: This is a secondary data analysis of qualitative data focusing on the herbal plants used by the tuberculosis patients in Myanmar. A checklist was used for data analysis to explore the herbs used by TB patients and related information. The researcher also searched the literature using the both vernacular & botanical names of the herbs.
Results: Four herbal plants namely Lauk Thay (Desmodium triquetrum), Owe Pote (Melastoma malabathricum), Mu Yargyi (Justicia adhatoda) and Mee Quin Gamone (Rhoeo discolor) were identified in this study. There are two methods of administration of the herbal leaves. In several instances, the TB patients first make use of the herbs before seeking proper anti-TB treatment. Also, the patients and traditional healers alike accepted that the medicines provided by DOTS programme could cure the disease.
Conclusion: This study revealed that self-medication with herbs is a common practice among TB patients. As the herbal plants identified were well known medicinal plants in different parts of the world, their therapeutic value and efficacy should be further explored in the light of developing effective complimentary medicines for TB.