Research of the citizens’ attitude in their use of plant food supplements in Bulgaria Cover Image

Проучване на нагласата на гражданите за употреба на растителни хранителни добавки в България
Research of the citizens’ attitude in their use of plant food supplements in Bulgaria

Author(s): Vladislav Bachev, Iliyana Yaneva
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life, Sociology, Evaluation research, Health and medicine and law, Societal Essay
Published by: Издателство на Медицински университет “Проф. д-р П. Стоянов“ - Варна
Keywords: attitude of citizens; usage; plant food supplements; Bulgarian citizens

Summary/Abstract: Plant usage for supporting of health is one of the most ancient methods in the world and in our country. Preliminary pilot research at home shows that Bulgarian citizen in most cases does not separate among the different types of plant products ((traditional plant medicinal products (TPMP), plant food supplements (PFS), teas)). The aim of current publication is to research the attitude of citizens about plant food supplements, which are intended to purchase without them being subject to prescription and medical observation. A study was conducted (Cross-sectional survey design) with 400 people, aged 18-80 years in 2017, who expressed willingness and agreed to fill a questionnaire with a guaranteed anonymity. They have been in “Siyana” Pharmacy, city of Sofia, within 10 days. The main conclusions that can be drawn in general from conducted research are that the relative share of respondents who do not distinguish between plant and medicinal products is higher. Overall, from the representative sample is predominant the relative share of non-users of plant products. PFS are preferred by a small number of respondents who make a distinction between different types of the plant products – 5.8%. This result can be explained by the preference of the traditional form of use of the plant products in Bulgaria – a tea. The most commonly used plant in our country in the PFS is the Valeriana officinalis L. According to 40% of respodents the PFS is safe. The recorded information from conducted research shows that in our country exist problems in usage of plant products for health purposes, which can be bought over the counter without doctor’s prescription and observation.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 38-40
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian