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Revista Archivo Médico de Camagüey

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MEJIAS PUPO, Marbelis et al. Effectiveness of Natural and Traditional Medicine in emergency departments. AMC [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.5, pp.479-488. ISSN 1025-0255.

Background: the use of natural means, like therapeutic methods in the treatment of painful diseases, is a challenge for medical sciences nowadays. Objective: to asses the effectiveness of the application of Natural and Traditional Medicine as a therapeutic method in the emergency department of Mártires de Mayarí General Teaching Hospital, Mayarí, Holguín. Methods: an observational, descriptive, prospective study was conducted in patients with painful diseases who were seen at the Natural and Traditional Medicine consultation of the emergency department of Mártires de Mayarí General Teaching Hospital, Mayarí, Holguín from October 2013 to March 2014. The universe was composed of 180 patients with painful conditions who underwent the application of different treatments of alternative therapeutics. The non-probabilistic sample was composed of 150 patients who matched the inclusion criteria established for the research. These patients underwent natural treatment. Results: the age group between 50 and 60 years predominated as well as male sex. The greatest percent of patients belonged to the working class. Only the 20 % of the sample had had previous accessibility to the therapeutics. Shoulder bursitis was the disease with the greatest incidence, while moxibustion was the most used technique. Most patients had a satisfactory progress and got better with only one treatment session. It was recommended to continue the treatment in the health area of each patient. Conclusions: Natural and Traditional Medicine is a convenient and cheap method that does not require great resources for its application. Besides, no complications are reported during the treatments and the consumption of medicaments is minimized.

Palabras clave : MEDICINE, TRADICIONAL; THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES; MOXIBUSTIÓN; MIDDLE AGED; EPIDEMIOLOGY, DESCRIPTIVE.

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