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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 157-161

Awareness and utilization of unani medicine among the adult population from East Delhi: A cross sectional survey


1 Director General, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, India
2 Dean, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Kattankulathar, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
4 Assistant Professor, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Research Associate, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, India
6 Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Public Health, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
7 Associate Professor, Amity Institute of Public Health, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
8 President, Amity Science, Technology & Innovation Foundation and Director General for Amity Directorate of Science & Innovation, (Chancellor, Amity University, Chhattisgarh), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Asim Ali Khan
Director General, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine & Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi, 61-65, Institutional Area, Opposite D Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi - 110 058
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_229_22

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Objectives: To assess the awareness, practice, and utilization pattern of Unani medicine among the general population of Trilokpuri, East Delhi. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional, observational descriptive survey was conducted in New Delhi using pretested, predesigned, and structured questionnaire to assess the awareness and utilization pattern of Unani medicine on a sample size of 100 subjects. Result: Out of 100 subjects, 60% were males and 40% were females with mean age 38.96 ± 9.12 years, ranged between 18 and 65 years. The awareness about Unani medicine was found in 67% of adopted population, while 57% population among them preferred Unani system of medicine as a mode of treatment. Unani is preferred because of minimal side effects associated as reported by 47% users. On the other hand, among nonuser (n = 29), 48% population do not prefer Unani medicine because of its slow action. Very few (2.6%) users adopted Unani medicine exclusively, while most of them preferred Unani as an adjuvant with allopathic. Unani medicine is preferred mainly for the management of musculoskeletal disorders (35%), followed by GIT disorders (19%) and their related disorders. Conclusion: The awareness level regarding Unani medicine is good rather utilization of is relatively lower as compared to modern system of medicine. There is a need and scope for promotion of health education as well as improvement in the people's attitude towards Unani system of medicine.


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