This study utilized a quantitative approach and obtained results from 33 questionnaires and ten (10) semi structured interviews of people with diabetes. The results obtained were as follows: Participants used hypoglycemic plant species (cow's paw, carqueja and eucalyptus) in the form of an infusion, mostly once a day; a large percentage of participants believed that some plant species have the ability to aid in reducing blood glucose. The collected data were analyzed using a Microsoft Excel 2007 worksheet and were summarized by descriptive statistical methods. Despite the small number of users of these plants, this study is valid; therefore, it adds information about the use of these plants in the control of diabetes. In addition, it is essential that health professionals know about the use of these plants, so that they can inform the public about the most commonly used preparations and the risks they may have in order for the use to provide the desired health benefits. The data demonstrated the use and efficacy of this medicinal plant for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The results contribute information for ethnopharmacological screenings and the research direction regarding the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Key words: Diabetes mellitus, phytotherapy, Bauhinia forficata, public health, Brazilian Amazon.
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