DESK REVIEWS | How are medicines or practices communicated and accessed?

DESK REVIEW | How are medicines or practices communicated and accessed?

Natural medicines are communicated by “word of mouth” and can be purchased in pharmacies or natural products stores without prescription. Traditional/Faith healers are not common in Brazil, but there are the so called ‘benzedeiras’ (blessers), who were common in the past, and generally prescribe teas or pray for someone who is ill.

Subjectively, the use of traditional medicine and spiritual healers seems to be quite popular among the general public. Pratono & Maharani (2018) report the preference of many older people in the Malang Regency of consulting traditional medicine/healers as opposed to modern healthcare providers, although this work did not specifically focus on dementia. There has been no information on how traditional or alternative medicine for dementia are communicated or how the patients access them. However, other study on traditional medicine for other health problems reported that most patients find the information about it from family (33.3%), friends (25%), religious group (22.2%), mass media (16.7%), and neighbours (2.7%) (Devy & Aji, 2006).


Devy, S. R., & Aji, B. (2006). Faktor Predisposing, Enabling dan Reinforcing pada Pasien di Pengobatan Alternatif Radiesthesi Medik Metode Romo H. Loogman di Purworejo Jawa Tengah. Indonesian Journal of Public Health, 3(2), 35–44.

Pratono, A. H., & Maharani, A. (2018). Long-Term Care in Indonesia: The Role of Integrated Service Post for Elderly. Journal of Aging and Health, 30(10), 1556–1573.