Hispanic Cultural Health Beliefs and Folk Remedies

Journal of Holistic Nursing 10/1994; 12(3):307-22. DOI: 10.1177/089801019401200308
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Cultural awareness of health care practices and beliefs is increasing, but knowledge regarding Hispanic folk remedies and health care practices and beliefs is limited. This study used a focus group interview format for an open discussion of folk remedies and the health and illness practices of the participants. Eleven Hispanic women participated in a group interview that addressed the question, How do Hispanic health beliefs affect health care practices? Specifically, what actions are taken to treat symptoms of illness or injury? Qualitative data analysis of the 75 symptom and treatment statements was completed, and data were grouped according to symptom and complexity of treatments. This resulted in a rich compilation of remedies that Hispanics use in home treatments, with the emergence of a pattern comparable to the nursing process. This information adds to the current knowledge base of cultural health practices and provides a basis for continued research.

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    • "Culture may present as a barrier, as Hispanics traditionally have larger family networks with close ties and such networks tend to become the main source for information and emotional support in times of illness (Diaz, 2002). Moreover, health beliefs rooted in traditions may also present as a barrier to health information seeking, as Hispanics generally believe less in the value of early detection (Diaz, 2002), and were more likely to turn to herbs, rituals, ointments, and various home remedies when it comes to treatments (Fitzgerald, 2010; Gordon, 1994). The review suggests that, despite increasing attention to the adoption and use of smartphones, there is a lack of studies on users' adoption and use of smartphones to access health information, studies that focus on low-SES Hispanics are even fewer in number. "
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    ABSTRACT: The Internet-enabled smartphones are readily enabling ubiquitous and continuous access to information. Recent reports showed that Hispanics are more likely to own smartphones and use the mobile Internet than other racial groups in the U.S.A. However, little is known about the mobile access and use of smartphones in seeking health information for this group. This study conducted semi-structured interviews with 20 low SES (socioeconomic status) Hispanics in the U.S.A. Mobile context and situations prompting the adoption of smartphones for health information seeking were explored. The results shed light on how smartphones could help the underserved Hispanics search for health information, narrowing a gap in health disparity. Furthermore, this exploratory study contributes to a more in-depth understanding of mobile context and situations in mobile health information seeking behavior.
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    • "g . , Branch and Silva , 1983 ; Alves and Rosa , 2006 , 2007 ; Begossi and Braga , 1992 ) , reinforcing the view that medical traditions accompany people as leave their native surroundings and migrate to urban centers ( see Baca , 1978 ; Gordon , 1994 ; O ' Connor , 1998 ) . The use of similar resources as medicines in more remote and urban areas suggest that zootherapeutic practices may func - tion as a social conduit which , in conjunction with other factors , helps to maintain the connections between rural and peasant people living in cities and their own traditional culture and val - ues . "
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines the therapeutic possibilities offered by animal-based remedies in five Brazilian cities. Information was obtained through semi-structured questionnaires applied to 79 traders of medicinal animals at São Luís, Teresina, João Pessoa and Campina Grande (Northeastern) and Belém (Northern) Brazil. We recorded the use of 97 animal species as medicines, whose products were recommended for the treatment of 82 illnesses. The most frequently quoted treatments concerned the respiratory system (58 species; 407 use-citations), the osteomuscular system and conjunctive tissue (46 species; 384 use-citations), and the circulatory system (34 species; 124 use-citations). Mammals (27 species), followed by reptiles (24) and fishes (16) represented the bulk of medicinal species. In relation to users, 53% of the interviewees informed that zootherapeuticals resources were sought after by people from all social classes, while 47% stated that low income people were the main buyers. The notable use and commercialization of medicinal animals to alleviate and cure health problems and ailments in cities highlights the resilience of that resource in the folk medicine. Most remedies quoted by interviewees depend on wild-caught animals, including some species under official protection. Among other aspects, the harvesting of threatened species confers zootherapy a role in the discussions about biodiversity conservation in Brazil.
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