Iranian Researchers Investigate Herbal Medicine Shops (Attari) Challenges

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 12:39

A group of Iranian researchers from Razi University have investigated herbal medicine shops (Attari) situations and challenges in in West Azerbaijan cities.


According to an ISCA report, using medicinal plants in treatment has a long history, and now medicinal plants are of great importance. However, no study has been done on the problems of herbal medicine shops.

Based on the study which its results published in the Journal of Hakim, due to the widespread activity of herbal medicine shops to apply medicinal plants for treating health problems, this study aimed to investigate the problems with the stores in cities of West Azarbaijan province.

The statistical population of the study consisted of 20 groceries in the cities of West Azerbaijan province. The data were collected in a questionnaire. The validity of the questionnaire was determined by content validity and its reliability by Cronbach’s alpha.

The presence of some dangerous drugs in groceries (mean: 4.78 and standard deviation: 0.53), provision of fake samples in groceries (mean: 4.57 and standard deviation: 0.96), and not checking handmade medicines in groceries (mean: 4.31 and standard deviation: 0.88) ranked the first to third problems and challenges according to the view of groceries in West Azarbaijan province.

As a conclusion, the main problem of groceries is the lack of observance of professional ethics, which is the biggest problem affecting the health of the consumer and job security of groceries in the long run.

The research has been carried out by Razi University Assistant Professor, Masoomeh Amerian, Ph.D. in Agricultural Development, Afsaneh Malekhoseini and Undergraduate Student of Medicinal Plants, Shahriban Sore.



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