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      <JournalTitle>Journal of Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy</JournalTitle>
      <Volume-Issue>Volume 10</Volume-Issue>
      <Season>January - December, 2021</Season>
      <ArticleTitle>Assessment of the determinants of the use of herbal products in selected municipalities in Cavite, Philippines</ArticleTitle>
          <FirstName>Mac Ardy J.</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Lea Claire O. Te</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Sabrina Grace T.</FirstName>
          <FirstName>Jason Albert S.</FirstName>
      <Abstract>There had been limited studies that estimated the prevalence of use of herbal products and assessed the predictors for their consumption in the Philippines despite the growing evidence that their unregulated and irrational use could cause serious adverse reactions. This study therefore aimed to assess the determinants of herbal products use among selected municipalities in Cavite, Philippines. It employed a descriptive, cross-sectional study design. Stratified, systematic random sampling was conducted among heads of families in three municipalities in Cavite. A total of 178 respondents (100.0%) were interviewed. We found that 85.5% regularly used herbal products. Of these, 57.6% did not inform their physicians, 40.9% used concomitantly with conventional medicines, and 33.8% substituted herbal products for conventional medicines. Also, 52.8% preferred herbal products over conventional medicines since they were easier to find, more natural, more effective and cheaper than conventional medicines. Using p &lt; 0.10 as a cut-off for significance, we found that sex (p = .001), municipality (p = .026), perceived benefits (p = .095) and perceived health status (p = .085) are significant determinants of herbal products use. In conclusion, herbal products use in Cavite was prevalent. There may be potential risks to population’s health due to underreported and concomitant use with conventional medicines. Although the consumption of herbal products was influenced by various factors, it is recommended to explore other relationships among variables and to include other possible predictors. Rational use of herbal products should be cautiously observed among populations to prevent the occurrence of adverse effects. Information dissemination about herbal products may be further done focusing on the results found in the study.</Abstract>
      <Keywords>complementary and alternative medicine, herbal products, prevalence, determinants of use, Philippines</Keywords>
        <Abstract>https://aaspjournal.org/ubijournal-v1copy/journals/abstract.php?article_id=13088&amp;title=Assessment of the determinants of the use of herbal products in selected municipalities in Cavite, Philippines</Abstract>