Traditional use of medicinal plants by elderly


  • Alexandre Rocha Alves Pereira
  • Ana Paula Machado Velho
  • Diógenes Aparício Garcia Cortez
  • Laura Ligiana Dias Szerwieski
  • Lucia Elaine Ranieri Cortez



Plants, Medicinal, Aged, Health of the Elderly, Nursing.


Objective: identify the traditional use of medicinal plants by the elderly. Methods: exploratory and descriptive study conducted in the Intermunicipal Consortium on Health. Three hundred and fifty-one questionnaires were applied to the elderly to survey socio-demographic information and issues related to plants. Results: the use of plants was reported by 78.4% of the elderly, and these were collected in backyards. The most often cited plants were mint, boldo, fennel, lemongrass and chamomile. Regarding the reason for use, 33.3% participants said that “it’s not harmful to health”, 61.8% usually indicate the use to other people. Most elderly make use of plants in a safe manner, and these are present in the daily lives of these people as a therapeutic method. Conclusion: the elderly make use of medicinal plants as an important therapeutic resource.




How to Cite

Pereira, A. R. A., Velho, A. P. M., Cortez, D. A. G., Szerwieski, L. L. D., & Cortez, L. E. R. (2016). Traditional use of medicinal plants by elderly. Rev Rene, 17(3), 427–434.



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